Mouvement Démocrate held its 1st virtual Fall Conference
On 19 and 20 September, EDP member Mouvement Démocrate held its virtual Fall Conference and discussed various topics such as solidarity between generations, unemployment, climate change, democracy and local politics. Europe was also one of the topics debated with EDP MEPs and national MPs.
In his speech, EDP president and MoDem president François Bayrou pointed out that
Independence is not only French independence. It is just as much about European independence.
I would not have had any fears about our health system if the medicines I mentioned had been produced in Germany. We would have obtained them, without any difficulty. Probably the Germans have the same concerns, for the same industries.
I make a single whole, a single entity of the independence of France and that of Europe which are one and the same problem.
Former EDP MEP Nathalie Griesbeck led the plenary session "Europe: on the road to independence" with MoDem MPs Jean-Louis Bourlanges and Philippe Michel-Kleisbauer, EDP MEP Marie-Pierre Vedrenne, EDP MEP Christophe Grudler and former MEP and EDP Treasurer Jean-Marie Beaupuy.
MEP Marie-Pierre Vedrenne stressed that it is important that the European Union strengthens its legal arsenal in trade matters. MEP Christophe Grudler sees in independence the idea of taking one's destiny into one's own hands, not any kind of protectionism. Jean-Marie Beaupuy notes that there is no such thing as complete independence, nor complete autonomy. It is a question of being strong oneself.
A discussion with MoDem MEPs - Sylvie Brunet, Catherine Chabaud, Laurence Farreng, Christophe Grudler and Marie-Pierre Vedrenne - moderated by CoR member Vincent Chauvet was also organised
Finally, a dialogue with Michel Barnier, head of the Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom, was held on a key topic: the consequences of Brexit and the perspective for the European Union. Michel Barnier reminded that: "For the EU, the UK's withdrawal is a shock and the consequences must be controlled as far as possible. This is a form of divorce: the UK has made the free choice to become a loner rather than a supporter. The EU regrets this choice, but respects it."
💬🇬🇧🇪🇺 "3 million EU citizens live and work in the UK, we had to ensure their rights. But also to secure the issue of the Irish border under the #GoodFridayAgreement ".— European Democrats (@PDE_EDP) September 20, 2020
— @MichelBarnier#CitéDémocrate @MoDem #Europe #the3million https://t.co/AuZfpUI2Rp