#EuropeMatters is a 12-month project bringing together business leaders, policymakers, civil society representatives and citizens to co-design a Europe that still matters in 2030. This exercise takes place at a crucial moment: 2019 will see the election of a new European Parliament and the arrival of a new college of Commissioners. #EuropeMatters will put forward a set of 10 concrete recommendations for the incoming EU leadership.
Prior to considering policy choices for the Europe of 2030, we developed a discussion paper setting out our proposition for the need to establish a renewed social contract, taking into account a set of trends, drivers and unknowns that are likely to affect Europe in the years to come. Using strategic foresight and hard data provided by the McKinsey Global Institute, we combined these into four possible scenarios for a future Europe in 2030.
We presented these scenarios, along with our poll surveying a representative cross-section of 11,000 citizens from across Europe about their views on the EU, at our annual high-level roundtable State of Europe last October. As a key milestone, the results of the survey and conclusions of our report were disclosed with sitting and former (prime) ministers, CEOs, NGO leaders, European Commissioners, members of Parliaments, influencers, top journalists and European Young Leaders, in an interactive, inclusive and fast-paced brainstorm.
Our work to make Europe matter has continued and in January 2019, we kickstarted the European election campaign with a call to action: ‘The Citizens' Mandate’ – containing a series of collectively crafted policy ideas to spark conversation on how to restore citizens’ faith in the EU. This was presented to senior members of the European Parliament to ignite political discussions around citizens’ needs.
In the run-up to the European Parliament elections, #EuropeMatters will present its most ambitious effort yet – the ‘Vision for Europe’ report, setting out 10 policy recommendations and a pathway for the next EU leadership. This report aims to map the road ahead to construct a Europe fit for purpose in the 21st century.
We are also running the ‘Me&EU’ project on our Debating Europe platform, interviewing MEPs from all sides of the political spectrum to stake out their positions on a series of issues.
Our final objective is simple – to mobilise a coalition of the willing united by their belief that #EuropeMatters and to together ensure that Europe is better prepared to take strategic action to align the future we face with the future we want.
In January 2019, the European Parliament launched a Citizens App. Through its promise to greater integrate citizens in the decision-making process, the app fulfils one of the demands expressed in the results of our recent #EuropeMatters citizens survey. Download it here for Android and Apple.