The Grassroots View


S2 Episode 3: A new narrative for Europe

The COVID-19 crisis has shown the importance of solidarity among EU Members States, EU institutions and citizens. In this podcast we discuss the reasons why the Conference on the future of Europe is a new and important step in thinking together about our common European future. EESC President Christa Schweng believes people must be persuaded to engage in shaping Europe's future and that they need to see their ideas turn into action. Guy Verhofstadt, MEP, member of the CoFoE executive board and former Belgian prime minister, who in 2001 proposed the Laeken Declaration which created the momentum for the European Convention, stresses that Europe is at a crossroads and that it must chart its future path together with its citizens. Lorenzo Consoli, EU correspondent and an outstanding expert in European affairs says in his 30 years' experience in Brussels he has never seen the EU engage in such an ambitious pan-European democratic exercise.

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