60 Ideas for Europe

After all that has been said this year on the Turkish application to enter the European Union, either by the ‘pro’ people like the Portuguese Manuel Lobo Antunes – Secretary of State of European Affairs -, the British Geoffrey Hoon – same position for the United Kingdom – or Massimo d’Alema, the Italian Minsitry of… » read more

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French president has proposed a new framework for the “bassin Méditerranéen”. That is what he calls the Mediterranean Union. If Europe wants to develop its southern neighbours the technical assistence of the Neighbourhood Policy is not sufficient. I think it is a good starting point but the idea has to be reformulated to be less… » read more

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The EU should show more commitment to educational promotion in general but also specifically regarding European issues, e.g. through the expansion of existing educational EU programmes or the establishment of new EU programmes as well as the incorporation of the European integration process as a central topic in the national school curricula.

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The European migration policy, so far based only on restrictive measures, should adopt a more sophisticated approach aiming at the social and economic development of the involved countries. The EU needs to clarify its approach to economic refugee status.

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The EU should ensure that part of each country’s national curriculum, in both schools and universities, requires a section on Democracy and European Citizenship, to ensure a greater understanding of the EU, its history, and its opportunities.

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