“Free movement of Europeans. And now what?”

(13.06.18) Can freedom of movement rights once granted be taken away? How could widening the notion of EU citizenship underpin integration, social cohesion and economic development in the EU? Where do the main challenges and barriers lie in terms of defending the notion of EU citizenship and Europe as a space of human rights in the future?

These and other questions were discussed during the conference debate “Free movement of Europeans. And now what?”, that the European Parliamentary Association organised in collaboration with the association New Europeans.

The aim of the event was to invite reflections on the future of European citizenship and freedom of movement in the wake of Britain’s decision to the leave the EU and the rise of nationalism and right wing populism in Europe.

We did it with the help of four prestigious guest speakers: MEP Claude Moraes, chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, MEP Elmar Brok, member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Madeleina Kay, Young European of the Year 2018, and Frédérique Berrod, Professor of EU law at Sciences Po Strasbourg and at the College of Europe in Bruges.

The conference debate was moderated by Mr Roger Casale, Founder and Secretary General of New Europeans. A substantial part of the debate was devoted to the discussion between the panelist and members the public, who were invited at the end of the debate for a cocktail in our cellar.