The European Parliamentary Association and New Europeans are delighted to present an evening of discussion and debate on the future of free movement and European citizenship.
Free movement is one of the pillars of the Single Market . With the 1992 Maastricht Treaty free movement became associated with a new concept, European citizenship.
As the European Union opened its internal borders and embraced new member states in Central and Eastern Europe, European citizenship came to stand for an identification with the values that underpin the European project - the values of the Enlightenment, of liberty, equality and solidarity.
Today it is these values and this sense of a shared European identity that is under threat - from populism, nationalism and xenophobia as well as from external threats such as instability in the states that border the Mediterranean in the Middle East and parts of North Africa and the deliberate attempt to interfere in our democratic processes by states such as Russia.
What does the future hold for freedom of movement and European citizenship? Will the loss of free movement rights by Britons living in the EU herald a general retrenchment in relation to European citizenship? Can the European Union rise to the occasion and find the leadership and vision to safeguard these rights and to strengthen them as the basis for a Europe of the citizens of the future, united in its diversity and secure in its identity?
These are some of the questions we aim to discuss and debate tonight, with our panel.
The audience will be composed of MEPs, diplomats from the Council of Europe, young people, such as students from the University of Strasbourg and members of organisaitons such as the Young European Federalists.
The event is by invitation only (please contact New Europeans at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend) and will be live-streamed from the New Europeans News Facebook Page.
7:30 pm Opening speeches
Herbert Dorfmann MEP, President of the European Parliamentary Association
Mr Roger Casale, Founder, CEO and General Secretary of New Europeans
7:40 pm Opening interventions
Elmar Brok MEP, Chair of The Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament
Claude Moraes MEP, Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament
Frédérique Berrod, Professor of Public Law, Strasbourg University
Ms Madeleina Kay, Young European of the Year
8:20 - 9 pm Q&A session moderated by Mr Casale
The public will be composed mostly by young people, such as students of the university of Strasbourg and members of the Young European Federalists. We are expect around 100 participants.
The meeting will be followed by a reception hosted by the EPA.
The European Parliamentary Association (APE) is a transpartisan political organisation.It brings together Members of the European Parliament belonging to different political groups and members of the diplomatic and consular corps of Strasbourg.
It provides a unique place on the European scene where to foster an informal dialogue and create synergies among political actors carrying different perspectives but sharing the same desire to cooperate beyond political cleavages.