31 March 2022: People in Dublin gathered tonight to discuss and debate issues of importance to them as part of the Conference on the Future of Europe, a Europe-wide initiative to involve people throughout Europe in a debate about the EU’s future challenges and priorities. The meeting was announced after a series of consultations across the country identified Ireland’s priorities for what Europe should look like going forward.
The meeting, organised by European Movement Ireland and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs, in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin, was focused in particular on the views of young people, aged 18-30.
In relation to the increased spread of disinformation and misinformation, participants called for greater action by the European Union to provide factual information and educational resources to help combat this spread.
Participants also called for greater proactivity by the EU to support climate refugees and for further engagement across EU Member States through delegation networks.
Finally, people also recommended consistency on financial cross-border issues, such as taxation, to allow EU citizens to live and move more freely throughout the EU.
Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne TD commented,
“It is very positive that this kind of engagement can once again take place in person and I was delighted to engage with people in Dublin at this evening’s event, particularly with young people who will play a key role in shaping the future of our European Union. The Conference on the Future of Europe is an unprecedented and valuable opportunity for citizens right across Europe to make their voices heard about the future direction of our Union. So, from Gdańsk to Galway, from Vilnius to Virginia, we’re having discussions about the future of our European Union. Ireland has always been a strong advocate for citizen engagement within the EU and we view the Conference in a very positive light.
“Indeed, it is fitting that Ireland is now partaking in a reflection exercise like the Conference as we mark 50 years of Ireland’s membership of the European Union across 2022 and 2023. The Conference gives an opportunity to discuss all aspects of EU membership, to assess the benefits, consider what the EU has done well and just as importantly, to identify where there are gaps or where it could do better.”
CEO of EM Ireland, Noelle O Connell commented,
“This town hall meeting in Dublin provided a great opportunity for people who care about the future of Ireland in the EU to engage in a meaningful, open discussion from a variety of different perspectives. I was delighted to hear such enthusiastic engagement from young people in Dublin on key issues for Europe’s future. We’re grateful that people are willing to share their time to engage in this process. It is a unique opportunity where people in Ireland can have their voice heard on future opportunities and challenges facing Europe.”
EM Ireland is a key organisation involved in engaging with Irish citizens as part of the Conference on the Future of Europe , a pan-European, bottom-up project to shape and guide political change across the EU. The goal of the Conference is to improve EU engagement with its citizens and create a forum where we have the opportunity to shape what the EU might look like in the future.
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- About European Movement Ireland: Founded in 1954, European Movement (EM) Ireland is the longest established Irish NGO working on European affairs. An independent, not-for-profit, membership organisation, EM Ireland works to develop the connection between Ireland and the European Union. We facilitate links between all sectors of Irish society and the EU, through advocacy campaigns, education programmes, training courses, information briefings and networking events.
- EM Ireland is a key organisation involved in engaging with Irish citizens as part of the Conference on the Future of Europe in Ireland. European Movement Ireland’s work involves regularly engaging in conversations about Europe with people living in Ireland. EM Ireland’s core work is to ensure that citizens have the tools to engage with the EU and European issues. Read more about the Conference on the Future of Europe here.