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The ECR Group’s Conference on the Future of Europe tour reaches The Hague, The Netherlands

26 March 2021

The ECR Group’s Conference on the Future of Europe tour reaches The Hague, The Netherlands

On Thursday the 1st of April, The Hague in the Netherlands will host the fifth event in the ECR Group's conference on the future of Europe: "Europe's Future - A New Hope".

Crisis after crisis, the EU gains more competencies and a larger budget. Whether it is the financial crisis, climate crisis or the more recent pandemic - it appears federalists welcome every new problem as a justification for strengthening EU-powers. However, there is a limit to expanding the EU at the expense of national competencies. Certain things are better dealt with at the national level.

A realistic middle ground between a federal EU and no EU is that of a more flexible EU. It is high time to consider the question: how far will we go with European integration? And if we feel we have reached a limit, what alternatives are there?

Europe’s Future: A New Hope, The Hague will feature ECR Group Co-Chairman Raffaele Fitto, President of the ECR Institutional Policy Working Group Prof. Zdzisław Krasnodębski, in addition to ECR MEPs Bert-Jan Ruissen, Cristian Terheş, Ruža Tomašić, Dutch policymakers and businessmen.

Anyone is invited to stream the event live on Thursday the 1st of April at 19:30 CET and pose questions to the panellists 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, Sofia, Zagreb and Bucharest have already hosted 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 ground. 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.

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

Thursday 1 April 2021, 19:30 - 20:30 CET

European Union 2.0: a programme for reform

A Live broadcast from The Hague, The Netherlands

Speakers

  • Raffaele Fitto MEP, Italy, Co-Chairman of the ECR Group
  • Prof. Zdzisław Krasnodebski MEP, Poland, President of the ECR Institutional Policy Working Group
  • Bert-Jan Ruissen MEP, Leader of the Dutch SGP Delegation in the European Parliament
  • Cristian Terheş MEP, Leader of the ECR Romanian Delegation in the European Parliament, PNTCD Vice-President
  • Ruža Tomašić MEP, Leader of the Croatian Conservative Party in the European Parliament
  • Peter Lundgren MEP, Leader of the of Sweden Democrats Delegation in the European Parliament
  • Roelof Bisschop, SGP member of Parliament, The Netherlands
  • Arnoud Proos, Deputy Mayor of Barendrecht
  • Jan Hak, Founder of Hak Vegetables, Agro-trader
  • Moderator: Tirza van der Graaf

Programme

Introduction: Our vision @ 19:30 CET

  • Raffaele Fitto MEP, Italy, Co-Chairman of the ECR Group
  • Prof. Zdzisław Krasnodebski MEP, Poland, President of the ECR Institutional Policy Working Group

The Future of Europe is a more flexible Europe @ 19:45 CET

  • Bert-Jan Ruissen MEP, Leader of the Dutch SGP Delegation in the European Parliament
  • Cristian Terheş MEP, Leader of the ECR Romanian Delegation in the European Parliament, PNTCD Vice-President
  • Ruža Tomašić MEP, Leader of the Croatian Conservative Party in the European Parliament
  • Roelof Bisschop, SGP member of Parliament, The Netherlands
  • Moderator: Tirza van der Graaf

The Netherlands: boosting the economy in the Single Market @ 20:10 CET

  • Bert-Jan Ruissen MEP, Leader of the Dutch SGP Delegation in the European Parliament
  • Roelof Bisschop, SGP member of Parliament, The Netherlands
  • Arnoud Proos, Deputy Mayor of Barendrecht
  • Jan Hak, Founder of Hak Vegetables, Agro-trader
  • Moderator: Tirza van der Graaf

What next @ 20:25 CET

  • Peter Lundgren MEP, Leader of the of Sweden Democrats Delegation in the European Parliament

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

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

Join us as we journey between 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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