#TheFutureIsYours Strengthening European democracy
The Conference for the Future has been launched. What can I do?
Discuss the next steps with the members of the Baden-Württemberg Regional Committee. How can we, as European Federalists, make ourselves heard and promote our goals best?
Event reportIn the event of the European Union "What’s the future conference? The first “experiences and outlooks” on 10 July 2021 were discussed with Gabriele Bischoff MEP and Gunther Krichbaum MdB. Everyone agreed that the future conference has great opportunities, but only if it is to inform people about their importance and to win them over for the part-close ones. Europe still seems too far away from many people. A good approach would be to involve schools in a targeted manner. There is a desire for each class to deal with the conference in the context of Community Studies/Political Education. However, schools are facing major challenges due to pandemic, which often means that there is no time for such additional activities. However, the Bundestag election campaign could be used to highlight the European challenges and the importance of a united Europe right now. It is precisely by creating a stronger link to the everyday lives of citizens. Another idea is to form an alliance on the ground for the future conference with different actors in civil society. By setting a framework for participation together, it will make it easier for many people to participate. The topic of freedom of the press and media is also addressed in connection with the lack of media interest in the future conference. The participants share the concern that press and media freedom is under pressure in many European countries. For this reason, there is a strong desire to strengthen civil society actors in the individual countries. However, it is also clear that the European Commission needs clear words (and actions) as guardians of the Treaties in order to defend European citizens’ rights in all countries. The EU is also committed to respecting and observing the European Convention on Human Rights. Another point that has been discussed at length was the subject of two-speed Europe or deepening or enlargement. We too will be able to strengthen European democracy in the future. The focus was on the demand for top European candidates, each at the top of a transnational list of their party family. However, several voices do not raise too high expectations in connection with the future conference, especially if these Treaty changes presuppose. Here is the desire for an open and clear communication regarding the implementation opportunities and their duration. Everyone agreed that the future conference would have great opportunities, but that people must be able to take with them and activate them. It is only with a certain participation rate that the board is credible. For this reason, the debate between EubW and the Future Conference will continue. The Europa-Union Baden-Württemberg has also adopted a corresponding application, which can be downloaded from its website at https://eubw.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/2021LAEUBW_-Beschluss2.pdf. An important component must be a better media application campaign, as the conference and the platform have not hitherto received the necessary resonance among the population. In this context, it is also encouraged to broadcast commercials on public broadcasting.
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