EU domestic policies


+++ Citizens' Europe
+++ Area of Freedom, Security and Justice +++ Migration and Integration +++ Democracy and Rule of Law in the EU +++ EU Social Dimension +++ Economic Governance +++ Common Market +++ Economic Policies +++

Background of our work in the area of EU domestic policies...

In the course of European unification, the Member States of the European Union have agreed to increasingly transfer powers to the European level. Through integration within the EU, many and important political decisions are now made in Brussels.
This process often passes unnoticed by the general public. This has led to consistently waning acceptance of the EU among the general population and in public discourse.

The challenge lies in making the EU's achievements and their day-to-day importance clear to the public, because the EU's contribution to peace and prosperity are not sufficiently appreciated, even though the EU develops policies to the benefit of citizens.

In addition, the European project must also continue to develop. In order to address democratic deficits, the right of national parliaments, the European Parliament and of ordinary citizens to participate in the decision-making process must be strengthened.

Many social and environmental issues are affected by the European internal market, which, rather than establishing minimum standards, uses deregulation to enforce free, but not always fair, competition. There is also a lack of stronger economic and taxation policy coordination among the Member States, such that in times of crisis individual Member States tend to act unilaterally instead of looking for joint, concerted solutions.

In a Europe without borders, a genuine area of freedom, security and justice is also necessary. Citizens therefore have a right to expect that the EU acts to counter threats to their freedom and justice, such as organised crime and terrorism. However, great care must be taken to ensure that internal security measures are limited in their scope and duration and that they are based on the European Charter of Fundamental Rights, which will finally become legally binding with the Treaty of Lisbon.

The EU Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Brussels holds numerous seminars on these topics to inform multipliers from the Member States in Brussels and allow them to exchange ideas with decision-makers. This helps identify deficits, develop proposals for improvements and draw them into the decision-making process.

The EU Office also organises political education programmes in the European Parliament in Strasbourg which target a broad range of participants and reach several thousand citizens every year. This helps highlight possibilities for participation in European processes and ultimately enhances trust in the European level.

Related News, Events and Publications

Das Europäische Parlament - Rolle und Funktion am Beispiel ausgewählter Politikbereiche

10. - 13.12.2018, Straßburg

Read more

Countering terrorism and preventing radicalisation in Europe’s neighbourhood

28.11.2018, Policy Dialogue, 14h30 - 16h30, EPC Conference Centre, 14-16 Rue du Trône, 1000 Brussels

Read more

Germany's options for European policy reform: Instruments for progressive EU economic and social policy

Study by Prof. Dr. Björn Hacker

Read more

Das Europäische Parlament - Rolle und Funktion am Beispiel ausgewählter Politikbereiche

Straßburg, 12. - 15.11.2018

Read more

Das Europäische Parlament - Rolle und Funktion am Beispiel ausgewählter Politikbereiche

Straßburg, 22. - 25.10.2018

Read more

Progressive European Finance, The MFF’s Role for a Prosperous Europe

11.10.2018, 17h00, Presentation of study and discussion with Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska and former Commissioner László Andor

Read more

The Future of Pensions

09.10.2018, 18h30, Discussion on the Commission's ‘Ageing Report’ and ‘Pension Adequacy Report’

Read more

Das Europäische Parlament - Rolle und Funktion am Beispiel ausgewählter Politikbereiche

01. - 04.10.2018, Straßburg

Read more

Sweden votes: aftermath of the 2018 general election

17.09.2018, 13h00-14h30, Panel Discussion

Read more

Das Europäische Parlament - Rolle und Funktion am Beispiel ausgewählter Politikbereiche

10. - 13.09.2018, Besuchsprogramme Straßburg

Read more

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung EU Office

Rue du Taciturne 38
BE-1000 Brussels
Belgium

+32 22 34 62 90
+32 22 34 62 81

fes(at)fes-europe.eu

Next events...

No news available.