Kick-off meeting: FMA Reflection Group on the Future of the European Union
"We need to be ambitious, but realistic."
On 22 April 2021, the FMA Reflection Group on the Future of the European Union composed of prestigious and experienced Former Members of the European Parliament gathered for the first time to start the discussion about the Conference on the Future of Europe. The Group welcomed the launch of the multilingual digital platform of the Conference on the Future of Europe, opening a new space for debate with the public to address Europe’s challenges and priorities, and reiterated the importance of listening to EU citizens. The Chairman of the Reflection Group and Former President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering summarised the result of the discussion: “We need to be ambitious, but realistic”.
The Reflection Group will be responsible for monitoring the discussions and work of the Conference on the Future of Europe, providing its contributions and proposals on the most imperative issues. It will meet regularly to discuss future positions on the different fields of actions with the academic support of Prof. Dr. Steven van Hecke (KULeuven).
|Hans-Gert PÖTTERING, President of the FMA and former President of the European Parliament (Chair)
Enrique BARON CRESPO, former President of the European Parliament and of the FMA (Spain, S&D, 1986-2009)
Elmar BROK, former MEP (Germany, EPP, 1980-2019)
Pat COX, former President of the European Parliament and of the FMA (Ireland, ALDE, 1989-2004)
Monica FRASSONI, former MEP (Italy, Greens, 1999-2009)
Genowefa GRABOWSKA, former MEP (Poland, SOC, 2004-2009)
Zita GURMAI, former MEP (Hungary, S&D, 2004-2014)
Kaja KALLAS, former MEP (Estonia, ALDE, 2014-2018)
Alain LAMASSOURE, former MEP (France, EPP, 1989-1993/1999-2019)
Richard CORBETT, former MEP (UK, S&D, 1996-2009/2014-2020) (Observer)