The recent "sofagate" is just the last example of the weakness of European institutions on the geopolitical stage. Having so many presidents with overlapping competencies and indirect democratic legitimacy creates confusion among EU citizens, and it is easily exploited by our global competitors. Moreover, accusations of democratic deficit have contributed for a long time to weaken and undermine the legitimacy of the union. So I propose to merge the roles of President of the Commission and of President of the European Council into a single one, and to elect it directly in European wide elections, according to the same electoral law, and with mechanisms that ensure citizens of small nations are not disadvantaged in their chances to get elected. I believe this would be a huge step in European integration, which would contribute in creating a true continental demos in a way that hasn't really happened so far.
You asked to join us! Which Europe do you want? Citizens’ Forum on European Democracy
30 November 2021
19:00 - 21:00
The ProEuropa network invites you to a Citizens’ Forum on “European Democracy”. The EU is facing major challenges. How should we establish the Community so that it and its Member States are sustainable? We from the ProEuropa network give EU citizens the opportunity to participate in the Conference on the Future of Europe and say: We want this Europe! The conference provides a public forum for an open, inclusive and transparent citizens’ debate on key priorities and challenges. Tuesday, 30.11.2021, at 19h Institut Français, Salon bleu Moderation: Farras Fathi, stv. Chairman JEF Bayern keynote speech: Monika Hermann (Lawyer) The discussion takes place in German, if desired a translation into French can take place. We will collect your suggestions and positions and upload them to the portal of the Conference on the Future of Europe. Registrations: firstname.lastname@example.org. The “3G plus rule” applies to the event!
Will citizens be able to make their voices heard?
31 May 2021
18:30 - 19:30
To understand the challenges of this conference at European level and in the different countries, we are delighted to invite you for our next debate with two MEP’s: Charles Goerens, Luxembourgish, MEP Democratic Party / Renew Europe, and Sandro Gozi, Italian, MEP Renaissance / Renew Europe The Conference on the Future of Europe: Will citizens be able to make their voices heard? What is the objective of the Conference? What will be the organisation? What are the topics citizens will discuss? How is the Conference perceived in the different European Countries? What will be the result of the Conference? Join us and ask questions to the experts The debate will be moderated in English, by Jan Schoonis, Dutch, co-president of the French branch of D66 - Renew Europe and by Emilija Pundziute-Gallois, Lithuanian, president of the Association of Lithuanians in France. This meeting is one of those we used to organize at the representation of the European Parliament in Paris, but it will be broadcast by Zoom videoconference, given the covid context. The link to the videoconference will be sent to you the day before, May 30, following your registration: urlr.me/MTfNh
Dialogue between young people on the future of Europe
16 June 2021
19:30 - 20:30
Dialogue between young people on the future of Europe, with Sandro Gozi and Marco Lagana’. 1) the most important change necessary for young people, for the future of Europe? 2) a project/initiative that young people would recommend to a MEP for the next generation? 3) what would young people do for the construction of CasaEuropa, the United States of Europe? 4) What do young people think it is necessary for them to do themselves to build their dream of Europe?
Choose Europe differently — vote in Europe! Why we need a genuine European electoral law with transnational lists!
18 June 2021
18:00 - 19:00
The 4th edition of the Europa Union Saar digital series “Online Meeting with Europe” will take place on Friday 18 June 2021 at 18: 00. The following are invited: Dr Katarina Barley, Member of the European Parliament, Ass. iur. Manuela Ripa, Member of the European Parliament and Dipl. iur. Sebastian Zeitzmann, LL.M, Senior lecturer of the University of Saarland/University of Würzburg, through the debate on "Choice Europe differently — vote in Europe! Why we need a genuine European electoral law with transnational lists!” says Margriet Zieder-Ripplinger, President of Europa Union Saar. Join and discuss! Ask your questions to the guests simply about the chat function in the zoom webinar. Link to Select: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87038529617?pwd=NUhITWVTaVFPd2FVdzNTU3RFOFUxUT09 Identification code: 775395
What European Governance for a Democratic Europe and Close to Citizens?
17 January 2022
10:00 - 12:00
Event organised by the Legislative Assembly of the Emilia-Romagna Region, European Federalist Movement Emilia-Romagna, AICCRE Emilia-Romagna, ANCI and UPI, Europe Direct Emilia-Romagna. Meeting with local administrators of Emilia-Romagna and the European Regional Network, to talk about European governance, and in particular competences and sovereignty, how decisions are taken at European level and European governance. The meeting includes a wide participatory session aimed at all Emilia-Romagna citizens, held both on a platform with registered participants, but also with citizens who want to follow us on our Facebook page live. The results of this consultation will form the basis of a round table to be held on 28 January 2022 with the assembly groups of the Emilia-Romagna Region. To follow the event on the Webex platform you need to subscribe to the link indicated, where you can also deepen the themes put in consultation. The direct facebook is on www.facebook.com/europedirectER/
United States of Europe with a Federal Constitution
17 October 2021
13:00 - 14:00
Els Art. 20 of the Lisbon Treaty may authorise the creation of a group of at least 9 member states to carry out a Federation: EU Federation with Federal Constitution. According to The Art. 20 of the Lisbon Treaty can authorise the creation of a group of at least 9 member states to carry out a Federation. The decision to authorise enhanced cooperation will be taken by the Council as a last resort, when it has reached the conclusion that the objectives pursued by such cooperation cannot be achieved within a reasonable time by the Union as a whole and provided that 9 EU Members are willing to create an EU Federation
Meet us in Bologna
28 January 2022
09:30 - 13:30
The Conference on the Future of Europe in Emilia-Romagna. Event promoted by the Department of European Policies of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers with Legislative Assembly and Region Emilia-Romagna, Europe Direct Emilia-Romagna, European Federalist Movement Emilia-Romagna, AICCRE Federazione Emilia-Romagna, Anci Emilia-Romagna, UPI Emilia-Romagna, Municipality of Bologna, Municipality of Modena, Municipality of Ravenna. In collaboration with the Representation in Italy of the European Commission and the Rome Office of the European Parliament. The event consists of three moments: 09.30-11.30 Greetings by Emma Petitti President of the Legislative Assembly Emilia-Romagna and Elly Schlein Vice President Emilia-Romagna Region Interventions: Diana Agosti Head of Department of European Policies Prime Minister Carlo Corazza Head of European Parliament Office in Italy Pier Virgilio Dastoli President Italian Movement Luisa Trumellini National Secretary European Federalist Movement Matteo Lepore Mayor of Bologna Giancarlo Muzzarelli Mayor of Modena Michele De Pascale Mayor of Ravenna Antonio Parenti Representative of the European Commission in Italy 11.30-13.30 Round Table: What European Governance for a democratic Europe close to the Citizens? Coordinates Lia Montalti Councillor Secretary UP with responsibility for European policies and Vice-President Chamber of the Regions to the Council of Europe Interventions by Massimiliano Pompignoli President of the Budget Committee, General Affairs; and institutional Legislative Assembly Emilia-Romagna; Manuela Rontini, President of the Committee on Economic Policies, Legislative Assembly of Emilia-Romagna; Silvia Zamboni Vice-President Legislative Assembly and representatives of the political groups of the Emilia-Romagna Legislative Assembly at 2.15-16.30 p.m. Europe we want: ideas and proposals for the future of Europe Workshop with groups of young people from all over the region, thanks to the University of Bologna and Modena Reggio Emilia, the participatory path “Youz Emilia-Romagna”, the Europe project of the Municipality of Ravenna, the Assembly of boys and girls of Emilia-Romagna, the Young European Federalists and the Europe Direct of Emilia-Romagna
#latuaparolaconta Meet in Locri to talk about the future of Europe
22 March 2022
10:00 - 13:00
The event is part of the awareness-raising and involvement initiatives that the European Commission is conducting on the territories in conjunction with the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFE). We would be pleased to be able to host your speech to discuss with young people who have already been prepared by their teachers on the priority issues underlying the CoFE for the future of Europe. The meeting will take place in the magna classroom of the Mazzini High School in Locri on 22 March pv. and provides for a mixed mode, in the presence of young people and some of the speakers and representatives of local institutions. The work will follow the following organisation: There will be an opportunity for students to submit their own proposal on one of the issues Europe is also discussing in the form of an amendment to a treaty or EU legislation. The contribution will be included in the EU’s multilingual platform and will be considered by the EU institutions to design the Europe of the citizens of the future. Programme 10.00/11.30 Debate with young people Political and institutional meeting/debate of about one and a half hours on the topics of the Conference on the Future of Europe, also in relation to the specificities and demands of the territory. The meeting is open to the participation of young people, students of the host institution, those of other universities or higher education institutions, as well as civil society and stakeholders. After a brief introduction of representatives of Europe Direct and local authorities, the aim of the meeting will be to present ideas and proposals by young people, including in the form of Treaty amendments and/or EU legislation, on the issues of the CoFE to be included in the multilingual digital platform. The meeting will be moderated by a local media journalist who should also ensure coverage of the event. Second session 11.30 a.m. 13.00 Debate with stakeholders Participation in the debate of the representatives of youth consultations and the third sector who will define their contributions on the issues brought by the CoFE especially in the field of environment and social development and innovation. Programme of the working session of 22/03/2022 10.00 am Opening of work Institutional greetings: Francesco Sacco — School manager Licei G. Mazzini di Locri Carlo Corazza — Director of the European Parliament in Italy Giovanni Calabrese — Mayor of the city of Locri Alessandra Tuzza — Head of Europe Direct Calabria Europe Relators Giuseppina Picerno Vice-President of the European Parliament Giuseppe Varacalli Committee of the Regions alternate member Pier Virgilio Dastoli President of the Italian Council of the European Movement 11.30 Contributions of students and representatives of the Youth Consultation to the debate 12.30 closing of works Modera the works Raffaella Rinaldis directra Fimmina TV
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