Your Future, Your Europe, Get Involved
The Europe we are a part of today would be almost unrecognisable to the people who started the process of European integration over 60 years ago. They could not have foreseen a world of smartphones, driverless cars, budget airlines, social media and globalised industries. The world we live in today is ever changing and our Union needs to change too if it is to continue to serve all of its peoples.
On the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome in March 2017 – which created the European Economic Community, paving the way for the European Union – the leaders of the EU Member States started a process of examining how our Union needs to evolve to address the issues of today, such as: climate change; international terrorism; the migration and refugee crisis; the impact of technology and automation on jobs; our ageing population; and the increasing influence of emerging economies. Some of these issues present opportunities; while others create huge challenges.
– Declaration of EU27 Leaders, September 2016
Between now and the European Parliament elections in June 2019, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Member States are hosting a series of dialogues across Europe’s national Parliaments, cities and regions to ask us about the kind of EU we want and need to harness those opportunities and meet those challenges.
In partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we are planning regional meetings, engagement with key stakeholders and other events which will allow citizens to give their input into the wider European dsicussion.
Donegal Citizens’ Dialogue – 8 March 2018
Meath Citizens’ Dialogue – 19 April 2018
If you can’t attend any of the Future of Europe events, you can still contribute to the discussion online at https://www.dfa.ie/our-role-policies/ireland-in-the-eu/future-of-europe/get-involved/submissions/