European Democratic Party and Freie Wähler members from all over Germany visit Kassel at the three-day event “Future Makers: Europe! 2.0” focused on the scenario "Europe in 2052". The European Democratic Party (EDP) invited citizens to a political exchange of ideas in Kassel at the beginning of December. The invitation was accepted by 40 participants.
The opening speech of the event was held by Tobias Gotthardt, member of the Bavarian State Parliament (MdL) and chairman of the European Committee. Gotthardt focused above all on the concept of "a Europe of the regions", which points to the important significance of the regional autonomy of the individual Member States. The participants were also welcomed by Engin Eroglu (MEP). He was enthusiastic about the fact that citizens from all over Germany are working together to develop ideas on individual topics concerning the future of Europe.
The participants dealt with different future scenarios on the topics of democracy, social affairs, energy and the environment, digital change, education, youth and culture, and industry and agriculture. In September, a group of over 100 participants in Frankfurt had already developed initial proposals for solutions to these issues. The task now was to formulate concrete demands on a small scale.
In addition to presentations of the results in the plenary, the participants also had the opportunity to exchange ideas directly with the delegates during the event. Various Q&A rounds offered the perfect opportunity for this.
The EDP thanks those who were interested in the event series and will now elaborate the proposals in a next step. In 2023 direct democracy shall be practiced and discussion rounds about the future of Europe with citizens shall take place.
Deputy Secretary General
Member of the Presidency
European Committee of the Regions
European Democratic Party and Freie Wähler members from all over Germany visit Kassel at the three-day event “Future Makers: Europe! 2.0” focused on the scenario "Europe in 2052".
Participants expect their governments to address climate, digitalization and soaring prices. As part of outreach efforts in September in two countries to party members and policy makers.