The event will be held in Strasbourg on 18 June, a symbolic date in a symbolic place. Due to the current situation, this will be a hybrid event, comprising of a few in-person attendees and several connecting online (participants can now register via this link), and will provide international and local participants with insights into the concept of EU Citizenship and how to frame it, as well as how to strengthen European democracy.
Such an event represents the perfect setting to discuss the idea of developing a Statute of European Citizenship, which was already included in the final paragraph of the resolution with Maite Pagazaurtundúa’s own report on the implementation of the Treaty provisions related to EU citizenship, approved by the AFCO committee in 2018.
This year is marked by the Conference on the Future of Europe in which citizens play a vital role and engage in conversation with the EU. In the same way, the cross-party group aims to be an open process and become a forum for bringing together policy-makers, civil society representatives, students and researchers alike.
LAUNCH EVENT OF THE CROSS-PARTY GROUP OF MEPs ON EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP – DRAFT PROGRAMME ***
From 6:00p.m–8:30p.m. on Friday 18 June
Lieu d’Europe — Salle Daniel Riot
Rue Boecklin 8, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Moderator: Suzana Carp and Povl Henningsen
Secretary: Tommaso Bratto
(Board of Directors of the ECIT Foundation and New Europeans)
Welcome address, Sophie Coumel, Director of Lieu d’Europe
Introductory remarks by Suzana Carp on behalf of ECIT Foundation, New Europeans and ETTW
I. On the Eve of the CoFoE, for the first time ever, an experimental Statute of EU Citizenship will be presented
To respond to a demand made by an early meeting of the MEPs taking part in this group and building on a resolution from the AFCO Committee in favour of consolidating a statute of citizenship alongside the Pillar of Social Rights and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the ECIT Foundation will present an initial draft for such a statute.
(MEP Maite Pagazaurtundúa, Rapporteur of the report on the application of the Treaty provisions relating to EU Citizenship, Renew Europe and Tony Venables, Founder of the ECIT Foundation)
II. What opportunities for European Citizenship in CoFoE?
In the efforts to mobilise citizens and civil society and a recent study of transnational activism by the London School of Economics ahead of the Conference, there has been a clear rediscovery of EU Citizenship and how to make it a more inclusive and developed status. The Commission’s 2020 Citizenship Report which has yet to be debated in the European Parliament could provide a starting point for a discussion between MEPs and citizens.
(MEP Yana Toom, Renew Europe, and Niccolò Milanese, European Alternatives)
III. Strengthening European Democracy
Within the Conference, the strand on strengthening European democracy is relevant to the political rights attached to European Citizenship.
(MEP Karen Melchior, Renew Europe; Pierre-Yves Le Borgn, President of ETTW; Yasmina Heuchamps, Voters Without Borders ECI and EU Sign Day member)
IV. Discussion of next steps for the cross-part group working on EU Citizenship
(MEP Brando Benifei, Socialists & Democrats (S&D), and MEP Helmut Scholz, The Left (GUE/NGL))
Topics, date, time and place of the next meetings.