27 January 2021
The ECR Group in the European Parliament launched the European tour on the Future of the European Union in December 2020. The tour takes the form of a series of live broadcasts from 15 European capitals, in which citizens of our Member States are consulted.
The Future of Europe Conference, announced by the President of the Commission, is a challenge for all European political movements that do not share the Federalist vision. The so-called pro-European federalists tell us it is ‘more Europe or no Europe’.
We do not believe in extremes. There is a middle way. It is time to restore the ideal of a Europe that respects the sovereignty of our national democracies. It is time to rebuild our community of European states - a Europe of mutual respect, cooperation and solidarity. It is time for a new hope for Europe.
This is why the ECR Group launched the European Tour; to consider more effective and durable alternatives to European centralisation.
We want to show that a new way can save Europe from the clutches of a federalist ideology; an ideology that risks rolling back all the progress made by sovereign, national democracies working together over many years as equal partners for the common good.
The next stop will be a live broadcast from Sofia. In 2021, the tour will stop in major cities across the continent to discuss Europe’s Future with politicians, academics and civil society participants. Our events will be live streamed, sharing the vision of a Europe that does less, but does it better.
More information will be shared on our Social Media Channels and on our website: www.ecrthefuture.eu. Join us to #ResetEU
European Union 2.0: A programme for reform
Friday, 29 January 2021, 5 pm - 7 pm CET
Introduction: Our Vision @ 5 pm CET
Panel I: The Future of Europe is Security @ 5.15 pm CET
Europe’s Future must be security. Leading MEPs and MP will be discussing the importance of true cooperation in Europe that respects the will of each nation. Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Sweden are countries that are being affected by security threats in the past few years, How should the Future of Europe respond?
Moderator: Kalina Vlaykova
Panel II: Interview @ 6 pm CET
ECR Europe’s Future tour is searching for political leaders to help us to define a future Europe of Nations. The Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria will be joining us to answer some of the questions that are crucial to define our future.
Presenter: Kalina Vlaykova
Panel III: The Future of Europe is Conservative @ 6.15 pm CET
Europe’s Future is to be decided, all ideas need to be on the table and of course Conservativism needs to be part of that future.
Moderator: Krystian Szkwarek, ECR Group liaison officer in Sofia, Bulgaria
Panel IV: Europe’s Future
Europe’s Future is more Bulgaria. A final statement from the host speaker of the Conference.
Presenter: Kalina Vlaykova
The event will be web streamed with live interpretations in English, Polish, Spanish, Italian and Bulgarian.
Please find the YouTube links for each of the languages below:
Join the ECR’s European tour. We will stop in the capitals of our nations to discuss Europe’s Future with politicians, academics and civil society. Our broadcasts will be live streamed to share our vision throughout Europe. More to come on our Social Media Channels and on our website: www.ecrthefuture.eu #ResetEU
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