European Movement International

EM Ireland is one of 39 National Councils on European Movement International, a pan-European network which was founded in 1948. You can read more about the wider membership here.

The European Movement is the largest pan-European network of pro-European organisations. It is present in 34 countries and encompasses 38 International Associations, bringing together European civil society, business, trade unions, NGOs, political parties, local authorities and academia.

Founded 70 years ago, we have continuously advocated in favour of European co-operation and integration, based on the principles of peace, democracy, liberty, solidarity, equality, justice, the respect for human rights and the rule of law.

Today the European Movement seeks to provide a platform to encourage and facilitate the active participation of citizens and stakeholders from a cross-section of sectors in the development of European solutions to our common challenges. The European Movement offer thought leadership on the issues that confront Europe; seek to inform the debates on our Union’s future, involve citizens and stakeholders in the decisions that affect them and influence policy-makers in favour of an open and transparent Europe.

The European Movement aims to be the place where civil society, business, trade unions, NGOs, political parties, local authorities and academia come together to craft a way forward for the European Union. The European Movement seeks to develop new ideas to address the challenges faced, be it economic or political. We want to spark debate on the EU’s architecture and develop forward-looking proposals on how to govern our affairs at the European level.

Our members are engaged in the daily business of influencing policy-making in the areas that affect them. The European Movement is the place where we have the opportunity to discuss the bigger issues, with organisations representing other parts of society, and allow them to shape the debate on the future of Europe.

European Movement International's Structure