The European Parliamentary Association organises during the year several conference debates in collaboration with other European associations – such as the European Movement, the Young European Federalists or the University of Strasbourg – in order to promote an informal dialogue between MEPs and the members of the civil society. 

Culture, a motor for European integration?

(12.09.18) Could culture give new energy to the European project? And, if yes, how could it contribute to shape a different vision for the future of our continent?

We tried to investigate the relationship between culture and the project of European integration during our civic consultation on the topic “Culture, a motor for European integration?” , which took place on Wednesday 12 September in our villa and which was organised in partnership with the European Student Think Tank, an association of European students.

We tried to understand the role of culture in shaping a common European identity with the contribution of three prestigious guest speakers. They were MEP Jean- Marie Cavada, former journalist and former president of the European Mouvement France, Paul Lang, Director of the Museums of the City of Strasbourg and Céline Mellon, soprano singer.

Referring to their professional experience, the speakers outlined different perspectives on the topic. Their interventions were followed by an exchange with the public, which took also the form of a short quiz, which allowed participants to test their knowledge about the cultural policies of the European Union.

“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.

“United We Stand Strong: the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU”

(5.02.18) The European Parliamentary Association was very glad to start the year with an event organised in collaboration with several partners, i.e. the Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the Council of Europe, the European Mouvement – Alsace and the Young European Federalists of Strasbourg.

United We Stand Strong”, this was the title of our event, which was intended as an occasion to discuss about the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union that started in January.

In this sense, our members and friends had the opportunity to meet MEP Eva Maydell, recently elected president of the European Movement International, who talked with passion about the challenges facing her country and her priorities as recently elected president of the European Mouvement International.

“Multi-speed Europe: What future for its citizens?”


Will a multi-speed Europe deepen the cleavage between the citizens of different member states?

We tried to answer this question during our conference debate “Multi-speed Europe: What future for its citizens?”, that took place on Tuesday 12 December, starting at 6:30 pm, in the rooms of our villa.

This event was organised in collaboration with a group of students of the “Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Strasbourg and was preceded by several roundtables aimed at analyzing the different issues that are at stake in the project of multi-speed integration. These roundtables saw the interventions of MEP Benedek Jávor and the Professors Frédérique Berrod, Francisco Roa Bastos and Maurice Blanc.

As regards the conference debate, the speakers were MEPs Mercedes Bresso and Marc Tarabella, members of our association, Professor Frédérique Berrod and Mr Hervé Moritz, President of the French section of the Young Europeans Federalists.

The event was welcomed with great enthusiasm, especially by university students, who participated in large numbers.

“The rights of European citizens in face of Brexit”


How will Brexit affect the rights of European citizens?

The clock is ticking and only 499 days remain before Brexit. On Tuesday 14 November, we discussed about the impact of Brexit on the rights of European citizens during a conference debate organised in partnership with the School of Journalism of Strasbourg.

“The rights of European citizens in face of Brexit”, this was the title of our event, which saw the participation of four prestigious guest speakers, i.e. MEP Julie Ward (Labour Party), MEP Jean Lambert (Green Party), MEP Charles Tannock (Conservative Party) and Professor Reuven Ziegler, advisor of the NGO “New Europeans”.

The debate was attended by around 100 people, mostly students, and was excellently moderated by the students of the School of Journalism of Strasbourg.

One of the main conclusions was that EU citizens living in the UK and Britons living on the continent risk paying the highest price for the deadlock in negotiations and, what’s worse, those who are more at risk are exactly those who are mostly in need of help, like people with disabilities.

“The Franco-German motor after the elections in Germany” 


What is the future of Europe after the upcoming German elections?
How could France and Germany work together to relaunch the project of European integration?

On Wednesday 13 September we tried to answer these questions with the help of MEPs Norbert Lins (CDU), Tiemo Wölken (SPD), Gesine Meißner (FDP) and Helmut Scholz (DIE LINKE).

The event was organised together with the European Mouvement Alsace and the Young European Federalists of Strasbourg and Freiburg.

“What future for Europe? – The challenges facing the European youth”

(11.05.16) On Wednesday 11 May 2016, the European Parliamentary Association was pleased to organise its second afterwork on the topic “What future for Europe? – The challenges facing the European youth”.

On this occasion, youth entrepreneurs and students were present to discuss with MEPs from different political groups and with different nationalities, and with our special guest Catherine Trautmann, Vice President of the Eurometropole Strasbourg and former MEP and Minister. They talked and exchanged their views on the European Union and their expectations regarding the future of Europe under the moderation of Kai Littmann, chief editor of Eurojournalist.

“Taxation and tax harmonisation in Europe”

(9.05.16) On the 9 May 2016, the APE organised its first conference in cooperation with the AMES, the Association of Masters in Economics of Strasbourg, on the topic: “Taxation and tax harmonisation in Europe” with Alain Lamassoure, MEP, and Michel Devoluy, head of the Observatory of European Economic Policies.

The event was attended by large public, who had the opportunity to discuss with our prestigious speakers during the conferences and during the cocktail that followed.