This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 320294

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The Future of Europe: Exploring strategies for strengthening EU Citizenship

EU citizenship is about a set of rights complementing one’s national citizenship. EU citizenship is also about active membership of a European community, about influencing decision-making on rules, policies and practices that affect one’s own national and local societies. The opportunities and capacities to exercise these rights and to participate differ between countries, between groups and in time. Social, cultural and economic trends and crises as well as policy responses to these trends and crises, create potentially new barriers for EU citizenship. Although we cannot predict the future, we can prepare ourselves for different thinkable futures. What choices can we make within these futures? What can we do, given our position and role, to foster (cross border) rights and citizen participation for the future?

Youth and Stakeholder Event

Although we cannot predict the future, we can prepare ourselves for different thinkable futures. As Gerald Davis stated: “Scenarios are stories about the future, but their purpose is to make better decisions in the present”. With this event, we intended to feed the discussion on what might happen with EU citizenship in different circumstances. We wanted to stimulate the discussion on what repertoires of action might protect, foster or boost EU citizenship in thinkable alternative futures.

On the 26th of April, a group of 35 participants joined the event. These participants represented different worlds: the world of (national and local) public administration, the world of NGO’s, the world of the younger generation, and the world of labour. Especially the younger generation had a major role during the event, because who are better positioned to think about the future than the next generations themselves?

Participants discussed four so-called ‘what if’ scenarios, which represented four images of how the EU, Europe, might look like in 2030: 1. a Europe of Parochial Solidarity; 2. a Federal Fortress Europe; 3. a Marketized Europe; and 4. a Europe of Patchwork Markets. They were asked to discuss in mixed groups all four scenarios: how likely are the scenarios? What will happen with EU citizenship in each scenario? What is there to foster? After the breakout session, one rapporteur per group presented the main findings in the plenary session.

Interested in the main findings of the event? Read the full report here: Report_YouthandStakeholderEvent

You can download the PPT presentation here: Scenario Event Brussels 26042017