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Europe’s Future - A New Hope

16 February 2021

Europe’s Future - A New Hope

The ECR Group's Conference on the Future of Europe tour reaches Zagreb, Croatia

On Thursday 18 February, Zagreb, Croatia will play host to the third event in the ECR Group’s conference on the future of Europe: Europe’s Future - A New Hope.

Since March 2020, the European Union has been confronted with unprecedented challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The event aims to respond to such questions as: Is a centralised response from Brussels more effective than national-level responses? Is the EU using the pandemic to advance a federalist agenda? What are the alternatives to an ‘ever closer union’? How has the pandemic impacted smaller European member states like Croatia? In addition, how can economic recovery be ensured for smaller states?

Many governments have used the spread of the virus to justify significant restrictions on civil liberties. During the event, the ECR Group, along with politicians from various European countries, will discuss how national parliaments can ensure the protection of individual civil liberties.

Europe’s Future: A New Hope, Zagreb will feature ECR Group Co-Chairman Raffaele Fitto and President of the ECR Institutional Policy Working Group Prof. Zdzisław Krasnodębski, in addition to ECR MEPs Ruža Tomašić, Mazaly Aguilar, and Bert-Jan Ruissen, plus Croatian national politicians, civil society, and policy experts.

Anyone is invited to stream the event live on Thursday 18 February at 19:00 CET and pose questions to the panelists directly in the YouTube Livestream chat, or by tweeting with the hashtag #AskResetEU.

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 European Member States are consulted. Warsaw and Sofia have already played host to the travelling conference.

The Conference on the Future of Europe, announced by the President of the European Commission, is a challenge for all European political movements that do not share the Federalist vision. The so-called pro-European federalists claim that the future is either ‘more Europe or no Europe’.

The ECR Group does 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 its European Tour; to consider more effective and durable alternatives to European centralisation.

The Group aims 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.

More information on the event will be shared across Social Media Channels and the campaign website: www.ecrthefuture.eu. Join us to #ResetEU

Twitter: @Reset_EU_ECR

Facebook: @ECRgroupEU

Instagram: @Reset_EU_ECR

YouTube: ECRgroupEU

A live broadcast from Zagreb, Croatia

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 19:00 - 20.15 CET

Speakers

  • ECR Co-Chairman Raffaele Fitto, Fratelli d’Italia, Italy
  • Professor Zdzisław Krasnodebski MEP, Poland, President of the ECR Institutional Policy Working Group
  • Ruža Tomašić MEP, Croatian Conservative Party, Croatia
  • Bert Jan Ruissen MEP, Leader of the Dutch SGP Delegation in the European Parliament, the Netherlands
  • Cristian Terheş MEP, Leader of the ECR Romanian Delegation in the European Parliament, PNTCD Vice-President, Romania
  • Mazaly Aguilar MEP, VOX, Spain
  • Ladislav Ilčić, Hrast, Croatia
  • Mr. Damir Zorić, Director General of the Croatian Employer’s Association
  • Mr. Jurica Jašinski, Representative of the Agricultural Association “LIFE”
  • Andrej Grubišić PhD, Managing Partner, GRUBISIC & Partners
  • Hrvoje Krešić, presenter

Programme

Introduction: Our vision @ 19:00 CET

  • ECR Co-Chairman Raffaele Fitto, Fratelli d’Italia, Italy
  • Professor Zdzisław Krasnodebski MEP, Poland, President of the ECR Institutional Policy Working Group
  • Ruža Tomašić MEP, Croatian Conservative Party, Croatia

Panel I: The Future of Europe is defeating COVID-19 @ 19.15 CET

  • Ruža Tomašić MEP, Croatian Conservative Party, Croatia
  • Ladislav Ilčić, Hrast, Croatia
  • Bert Jan Ruissen MEP, Leader of the Dutch SGP Delegation in the European Parliament, the Netherlands
  • Mazaly Aguilar MEP, VOX, Spain
  • Hrvoje Krešić, presenter

Panel II: The Future
of Europe is more Croatia @ 19.40 CET

  • Ruža Tomašić MEP, Croatian Conservative Party, Croatia
  • Mr. Damir Zorić, Director General of the Croatian Employer’s Association
  • Mr. Jurica Jašinski, Representative of the Agricultural Association “LIFE”
  • Andrej Grubišić PhD
  • Hrvoje Krešić, presenter

What next @ 20.05 CET

  • Cristian Terheş MEP, Leader of the ECR Romanian Delegation in the European Parliament, PNTCD Vice-President, Romania

The event will be streamed with live interpretations in English, Croatian, Polish, Spanish and Italian.

Please find the YouTube links for each of the languages below:

Join us as we stop in the capitals of our European nations to discuss Europe’s Future with politicians, academics, and civil society. Our broadcasts will be live streamed to share our vision across the continent.

More to come on our Social Media Channels and on our website: www.ecrthefuture.eu #ResetEU

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