17-19 July | Events for the opening of the new European Parliament

18/07/2024
campaign | eu-elections
france | uef
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The European Union has been “at a critical junction” time and again since its inception.

The last European elections clearly revealed two things: the growth of Eurosceptic and Europhobic far-right parties in some countries, in particular France and Germany, but also the growing awareness in the mainstream parties that this Europe must be reformed.

The existential challenges facing the European Union and the upcoming enlargement urgently require that a process of profound reform - as already called for by the outgoing Parliament on the basis of the results of the Conference on the Future of Europe - is initiated.

The history of the European Union is one of citizens gathering and calling on elected leaders for more decisive steps towards political unity for the European people: in 1975 in Rome claiming for the direct elections of the European Parliament; in 1979 in Strasbourg asking for a European currency; in 1985 in Milano defending The Spinelli Treaty, in 1991 in Maastricht for European democracy, in 2000 in Nice asking for a European Convention, on 25 March 2017 in Rome calling for a relaunch of political integration, on 8 May 2022 in Strasbourg calling for a Treaty reform at the last day of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

This July 17-19 in Strasbourg, at the opening plenary session of the European Parliament, we will again call on our elected representatives to reform Europe now, wholeheartedly and without reservations.

So the Union of European Federalists together with JEF Europe, the European Movement and the Spinelli Group, organize a two days event in Strasbourg.

Our goals:

  • mobilise civil society organisations and citizens to demand the new European Parliament to continue its reforming role in the European institutions;
  • reconstitute the Spinelli Group, the intergroup of federalist MEPs, and strengthen the link with federalist organisations.

AGENDA

17 July 2024

Afternoon/evening
UEF network arrival in Strasbourg from Belgium, French, Italy and Germany


18 July 2024

7:30-8:30, European Parliament (Main entrance, 11 Rue Lucien Febvre)

A street action in front of the European Parliament with activists from the Union of European Federalists, Young Europeans Federalists and the European Movement. We will distribute flyers to the MEPs to remind them of the importance of continuing the work of reforming the European Union.


19:30-21:00, European Parliamentary Association, Villa Schutzenberger (76 allée de la Robertsau, Strasbourg)

A political debate open to the public, organized by the Spinelli Group, the European Parliamentary Association and the European associations (UEF, JEF, EM) on Thursday evening at the European Parliamentary Association in order to discuss the challenges of the new legislature.

21:00, Apero-Cocktail


19 July 2024

8:00-9:00, European Parliamentary Association, Villa Schutzenberger (76 allée de la Robertsau, Strasbourg)

Spinelli Group breakfast organised with UEF Europe at the European Parliamentary Association. This event is open to the public.

To invite newly elected MEPs who do not know the Spinelli Group to know more about it and join

 

You can express your interest in which events you'd like to attend here.


FEDERAL BUS BRUSSELS - STRASBOURG (closed)

To ensure the best possible participation from Belgium, UEF Secretariat is organizing a bus for all those who wish to participate in this event with departure from Brussels.

The bus would leave Brussels on July 17th at noon/early afternoon and would return from Strasbourg on July 19th around late morning/lunchtime. In this case, UEF Secretariat will cover the transport, however the accommodation in Strasbourg for 2 nights will be the participants' expanse. Depending on the number of participants, UEF can check if there are convenient accommodation solutions through a travel agency.

You can register HERE

Deadline for pre-registration: 25 of June

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