EU40 organised a debate on the future of EU membership on the 26th of May, from 18:30 – 20:00, room PHS P7050, at the European Parliament. The debate was followed by a cocktail reception.
When President Juncker stated there should be no enlargement for the next five years, he seemingly pressed pause on the ‘widening vs. deepening’ debate. But as the EU faces rising external security threats and internal pressures, its future cannot be static.
What will EU membership look like ten years from now? Will the trend towards a multi-speed Europe continue? Will the EU have any new powers and if so in what areas? Will there be new members? Who could plausibly be included by 2025?
In the immediate aftermath of two events which could prove of historic significance – the 7 May general election in the UK and the 21-22 May Riga Eastern Partnership Summit – this debate engaged thinkers and policy-makers around the above mentioned questions.
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Featuring special guest speakers:
• Mr. Štefan Füle, former European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy 2010-2014
• Christophe Hillion, Professor of European Law, Leiden University
• Danuta Hübner, Former European Commissioner for Regional Policy, MEP (EPP) Chair of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs
• Fraser Cameron, Director of EU-Russia Centre
• Emran Mian, Social Market Foundation and former senior civil servant
We are happy to have noticed an overwhelming interest in the debate by welcoming around 100 participants, including MEPs, Ambassadors, Permanent Representations staff, EP and EC assistants, and industry stakeholders.