EM Germany Newsletter CW 21/2022 | Focus on the Council of Europe
As a pan-European institution, the Council of Europe has stood in the shadow of the EU institutions for years. However, especially in these times of attacks against the liberal democratic Europe, it is more important than ever.
Its goals of promoting democracy, human rights and the rule of law are a thorn in the side of autocratic and nationalist forces that seek to undermine the legacy of the European security architecture by all means, both externally and internally.
But the signs have changed: Since Russia was thrown out of the Council of Europe in March as a systematic brakeman of the institution, a window of opportunity has opened to strengthen the Council of Europe’s democratic DNA and its ability to act. In addition to the EU member states, Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova, the Caucasus as well as the Western Balkan states belong to the Council of Europe and are influential actors in the war. This composition offers the opportunity to initiate various forms of cooperation for regional, communal and societal participation that goes beyond classic government diplomacy.
In the debate initiated by President Macron on a „European Political Community“ as a new form of integration below EU membership, we should therefore actively involve the Council of Europe in this process. As our #EBDGrafik shows, Ireland took over the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers on Friday. It should be the ambition of the German government to systematically strengthen the Council of Europe together with the Irish government and other partner states. In this context, Kosovo’s envisaged membership in the body will be an indispensable debate.
Building on the pillars of the EU and the Council of Europe, the task in the coming period is to rethink the European integration landscape in the interests of freedom and democracy.
Dr. Linn Selle
President European Movement Germany
EM Germany News
Strengthened Cooperation for Europe – Strategy Meeting of EM Germany and BBE | Identifying overlaps and points of contact was on the agenda at the EM Germany’s meeting with the National Network for Civil Society (BBE) at the beginning of this week. With the aim of identifying opportunities for increased cooperation, the two networks first discussed their respective key topics as well as common priorities that should be promoted more jointly in the future. EM Germany and BBE maintain a mutual partnership since 2013. | More (in German)
EBD board looks at war in Ukraine and the future of Europe | What responsibilities do the EU and the German government have regarding the war in Ukraine? The war against a free-democratic Europe in the Ukraine continues to dominate the German government’s realignment of its European policy and will also determine the new EM Germany policy. Therefore, related questions were discussed by the Executive Board at its meeting on May 20th with Dr. Anton Hofreiter MdB, Chairman of the Committee for European Union Affairs of the German Bundestag, which was led by Vice President Christian Petry MdB. | More (in German)
EM Germany’s General Secretary Bernd Hüttemann comments on the government statement of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz | In his government statement on the extraordinary European Council summit, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz made clear that the government supports reforming the EU based on the proposals of the Conference on the Future of Europe. EM Germany’s General Secretary Bernd Hüttemann identified accordance of the statement with the EBD-Politik while commenting the speech on Twitter. This includes the call for implementing reforms within the framework of existing treaties. However, Scholz does not rule out a European Convention. | More (in German)
Best-of Film about the 69th European Competition | Raise the curtain for nine minutes of sustainability. The best-of movie of this year’s entries to the competition presents the entire range of works from the 69th European Competition. In countless paintings, photo collages, poems, raps, short and animated films and sculptures, the school students provide insights into their view of the world and design visions for a sustainable future. | More (in German)
„Zeitenwende“ in Europe – EBD supports digital conference Europe.Decisions | 30 high-level speakers followed the invitation of the Europe.Table and the Jacques Delors Centre for last wednesday to speak about the „turning point“ in Europe. Within 150 minutes, the most important questions and current challenges for politics, business and science were presented. EM Germany supported the digital conference as a partner. | More (in German)
In order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the EM Germany hosts its events as video conferences whenever possible.
10.06.2022 | EBD & EBÖ De-Briefing EZB-Rat with Gabriel Glöckler and Tobias Linzert, European Central Bank
14.06.2022 | EBD De-Briefing AGRIFISH with Rolf Burbach, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
20.06.2022 | EBD De-Briefing EPSCO with Mark Kamperhoff, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and Florian Schierle, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Our Presidency Calendar on the French EU Council Presidency contains all dates of the semester.
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