#EuropeMatters aims to reinvigorate the relationship between citizens and the European project by creating a matrix of the choices and consequences for Europe. Our objective is simple – to mobilise a coalition of the willing united by their belief that #EuropeMatters and together ensure that Europe is better prepared to take strategic action to align the future we face with the future we want.
10 policy recommendations lie at the heart of #EuropeMatters, all underpinned by a call for a renewed social contract to reconnect Europe to its citizens through a sense of common purpose and public good.
They reflect our work over the past 12 months with our Board of Trustees, senior stakeholder interviews and a survey of 500 policy makers. They are also informed by the views of our online citizens’ debating platform, Debating Europe. Using scenarios and data across a range of fields, the purpose of the report is to spark a debate on the future Europe.
Citizens are calling for a different and better Europe more aligned to their needs and their inclusion. Uncertainty and unpredictability appear to be the new order of the day, and are upturning the certainties that policy-makers have held for decades. The EU is in a delicate balance and the choices that it makes now will be decisive in setting its path for years to come.
But there is a silver lining. The big message from the 11,000 people we surveyed is that with a shift in focus, Europe can still matter to them. Citizens want a renewed social contract that promotes economic growth, peace, security and sustainability for all – a contract that can be the glue that binds together citizens, government, the private sector and civil society in the belief that Europe matters, and that a strong, united Europe can deliver the right responses to take on the challenges we all face.
Citizens want a new ‘Vision for Europe’.
Friends of Europe will present its ‘Vision for Europe’ report setting out 10 ambitious policy recommendations and a pathway for the next EU leadership. This report aims to map the road ahead on how to construct a Europe fit for purpose in the 21st century.
- Can the EU increase citizen participation and harness the potential of technology to open markets and secure inclusive and sustainable growth?
- Will it take measurable action to preserve the planet and make better use of resources?
- How will Europe rethink its relations with its neighbours and better explore mutually advantageous solutions to international issues?
- More importantly, can the EU implement a renewed social contract that puts citizens’ needs at the forefront of its priorities? What can it do to make itself matter in the future?
Presentation of the New Vision for Europe by
Trustee of Friends of Europe, former EU Commissioner and Director General of the World Trade Organisation
Interventions from the ‘Vision for Europe’ authors
Professor of EU Law, HEC Paris, Founder of The Good Lobby and 2014 European Young Leader
Caroline de Gruyter
Author and EU Correspondent at NRC Handelsblad
Co-Founder Project Alloy, 2013 European Young Leader
Executive Chair at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO (2010-2018)
And reactions from member states and political parties
Member of European Green Party Committee
First Counselor to the Diplomatic Advisor to Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy
Director of Insights at Friends of Europe
Pascal Lamy is a French politician and author. As a Member of the French Socialist party, he was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors. Afterwards, he returned to Brussels to become the European Trade Commissioner and then served for two consecutive terms as General Director of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). In a 2014 poll cast by the British magazine Prospect, he was named as one of the top 50 of the world’s leading thinkers.
Alberto is an academic, author and activist. He’s currently Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law at HEC Paris and Global Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. Due to his commitment to bridge the gap between academic research and policy action, Alberto pioneered innovative forms of civic engagement and campaigning in the EU transnational space via his civic start up The Good Lobby and his campaigns contributed to democratizing the EU. His last book, ‘Lobbying for Change: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society’ provides a timely analysis and guide to levelling the democratic playing field by empowering ordinary citizens to speak up and inform policy decisions at local, national and international level. A Harvard graduate, he’s a regular contributor to Le Monde, Bloomberg, Politico Europe, Forbes, and Il Sole 24 Ore, and his scholarly and public interest work has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, the Financial Times as well Science and Nature. The World Economic Forum nominated him Young Global Leader in 2015.
Caroline de Gruyter is a well-known European affairs correspondent for the leading Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, currently based in Oslo. She is a regular commentator on the rise of populism, the use of the Internet in counter anti-immigrant and Eurosceptic messages on what the EU and its member states can do to create a greater sense of unity. An author of several books on Europe, she has been awarded three prestigious Dutch prizes and the Prix du Mérite Européen for political reporting of exceptional quality.
Prior to founding Project Alloy, Jakob was the CEO and Co-Founder of Tinyclues SAS, a Paris-based software startup with the objective of industrialising datamining on Big Data with the help of advanced machine learning algorithms in a Cloud Computing environment. Previously he was a partner and consultant at McKinsey & Company in Germany and France where he worked on topics ranging from Banking to Public Sector Reform to Global Public Health issues, notably the creation and distribution of child HIV treatments. Prior to McKinsey he briefly worked at the World Bank. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science from the University of St. Gallen. Jakob is also a founding partner of the “Cercle du Leadership”.
Throughout his carreer, Martin Porter has founded and headed numerous well-established initiatives. Having previously held the role of executive director at the European Climate Foundation (ECF), with a particular focus on the ECF’s EU and industrial innovation strategy, Porter has also led I24C, an initiative looking at sustainable industrial innovation and competitiveness. His experience also includes co-founding Brussels’s first ‘think-do tank’, known as The Centre; senior positions at Edelman, where he was General Manager of the Brussels office and Chair of the European Public Affairs Practice; and Senior Advisor on sustainability, industry and innovation at FTI Consulting Strategic Communication.
Retiring from NATO in September 2018 after 38 years at the organisation, Jamie Shea has occupied a number of senior positions at NATO across a wide range of areas, including external relations, press and media, and policy planning. As NATO’s spokesperson, he was the face of the Alliance during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts. He later worked as the Director of Policy Planning in the private office of former Secretary General Rasmussen during the preparation of NATO’s 2010 Strategic Concept. Shea is also a regular lecturer and conference speaker on NATO and European security affairs.
Evelyne Huytebroeck is a Local Councillor in Brussels and a member of Parlement of the Brussels-Capital Region. Having joined the Belgian Green party Ecolo in 1982, she was first elected to Parliament in 1989. After serving as co-president of the party from 2002 to 2004, Huytebroeck was Regional Minister for Environment, Energy, Urban Regeneration, Youth and Aid to Individuals from 2004 to 2014. Huytebroeck has been actively involved in the Covenant of Mayors, taking on the role of Vice-president for two city-networks, Energycities and ICLEI, from 2010 to 2015.
Andrea Vitolo is the First Counselor to the Diplomatic Advisor to the Italian Prime Minister. In addition to having spent several years in the Italian ministry of Foreign Affairs, including in the Balkans Unit as National Representative for the Adriatic-Ionian and for the Alpine Macro-regional Strategies, Vitolo has served in several Italian embassies. His positions include that of Head of the Economic Section at the Italian Embassies to United Arab Emirates and to Austria, as well as overseeing the Political Section in Berlin.
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