With just one month to go until the European elections, Friends of Europe would like to take this opportunity to remind readers about two exciting projects we are running in the lead-up to the elections.
#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. 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 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.
Debating Europe – EP 2019
Ahead of the European Parliament elections, Debating Europe is running a series of online debates exploring the issues that matter most to voters. Following a citizen-lead approach, we are putting questions and comments from our 4.5 million strong community to politicians from across the political spectrum, to both engage and inform voters as they make up their minds.
The Me&EU series of debates discusses the key topics and challenges currently facing Europe, with interviews from a broad range of MEPs. These MEPs respond to our users, staking out their positions and explaining why they think their party deserves votes, giving our readers the chance to hear all sides of the political debate before casting their ballots. Our community also votes on our platform for the parties and policies they most favour, with the results of all these polls being tallied up into an overall result.
In addition, we’re profiling the various candidates put forward to be the next EU Commission President as well as putting our readers’ comments and questions to the Spitzenkandidaten themselves, so readers can directly compare their proposals and decide which of the candidates they support. Finally, we’re looking at each of the manifestos published by the main parties in the European Parliament and highlighting the key points from each.