Future of Europe was the title of the 2019 Annual General Meeting of Europe Direct Information Centres (EDICs). The AGM, held in Prague was attended by over 400 delegates from across the European Union.
Despite uncertainty over the continuation of the centres in the UK, due to the ongoing negotiations over Brexit, there was a positive engagement from the UK representatives at the AGM.
Much of the content revolved around the political guideline for the next five years (2019-2024). The guidelines derive from the campaign of the President Elect to the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyan. In her Agenda for Europe, President Elect von der Leyan sets out her priorities based on a generational aspiration for a Europe of peace, prosperity and unity. The guidelines include:
- A European Green Deal
- An economy that works for people
- A Europe fit for the digital age
- Protecting our European way of life
- A stronger Europe in the world
- A new push for European democracy
The full text of the President Elect’s Agenda for Europe is available to read below:
EDICs were provided with a detailed breakdown of the underlying aspects of each political priority.
Tomorrow Michel Barnier, the EU Chief Negotiator will brief EU27 Ministers at the General Affairs Council (Article 50) on the recent technical talks. Whilst the outcome of the current Brexit negotiations are unclear the political direction of the EU will be of importance to the UK in a direct or indirect way. So long as we at Europe Direct East Midlands (North) remain operational we will continue to keep EU watchers and interested parties informed.