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The Aurelio Peccei Lectures & Dialogues-

Enquiries on the Challenges of the 21st Century
101st LECTURE
Lunch debate at the University Foundation


tuesday 25 june 2019
at 12:30

(doors open at 12:00)

What about sustainability in the EU coalition 2019-2024?

by
Geneviève Pons,
Director Brussels Office, Jacques Delors Institute,
with the participation of Herman Van Rompuy, CoR-EU Honorary President

In the light of the results of the European elections on 26 May this lecture and debate is of particular interest. The next EU Parliament will be more fragmented. The centre-left (S&D) and the centre-right (EPP) will experience a significant decline in their share of seats and, in contrast with the current situation, will not be able to command a majority together.

Participation fee:
CoR-EU members & students 40 €
Non-members 50 €

Venue:
Fondation Universitaire/Universitaire Stichting,
Egmontstraat 1 rue d’Egmont, 1000 Brussels.

Registration is closed

The next EU Parliament will be more fragmented. The centre-left (S&D) and the centre-right (EPP) will experience a significant decline in their share of seats and, in contrast with the current situation, will not be able to command a majority together.

According to the conclusions of the series of analysis led by the Jacques Delors Institute’s working group on the European Elections, it is very likely that the next majority will emerge from a new pro European quadripartite coalition including EPP, S&D, ALDE and the European Greens. In order to provide the EU with a consistent leadership, they will have to agree on a set of principles and common political projects. In addition to all the other “first times” happening in this election, 2019 could be the year of a European “Koalitionsvertrag”.

In this European campaign, something has changed. The conclusions of IPCC and IPBES reports have triggered the attention of a large part of the European political spectrum towards the climate and biodiversity emergencies. They have also raised major concerns for the European citizens’ regarding the viability of our economic and social models. The integration of Greens MEP in the 2019-2024 coalition and the unprecedented ecological commitments made by the EPP, S&D and ALDE groups lead us to think that “Sustainability for all Europeans” could be the very first pillar of this European “Koalitionsvertrag”.

Inspired by the spirit of sustainable development, this first chapter could be the cement of the whole political agenda of the future coalition, including democratization efforts, social justice, and transition from linear to circular economy through research and innovation.

The “Sustainability for all Europeans” chapter could be built upon three objectives: achieving the transition to a circular and carbon neutral economy (1), preserving biodiversity and transforming our agricultural model (2) and making the EU the world’s leader on oceans protection (3).

The Aurelio Peccei Lectures & Dialogues are open to the public upon prior electronic registration and payment of participation fee.