European HomeParliaments, 3rd Round

The results

In the 3rd Round of European HomeParliaments, solidarity in the EU was discussed in 12 EU countries. For the first time, even people who had never met before entered into conversation with each other,, even across countries. 31 politicians from five countries responded to the participants’ concerns.

These were the 2020 HomeParliaments 

In the autumn of 2020, around 1200 participants discussed compensation payments in the event of a crisis, social inequality between member states and the fight against climate change. As in the first two rounds of the European HomeParliaments, the participants of the privately organised discussion rounds were impressed by about the constructive exchange of ideas, the mutual understanding for each other and the insights gained from a well-structured discussion about the future of European solidarity.

Several new features were introduced at the same time. For the first time, almost half of the HomeParliaments took place via video conference. A matching process meant that discussion groups were formed between people who had not previously met.

In addition, for the first time, HomeParliaments were held in 12 different countries. In some HomeParliaments, discussions even took place across borders.

In addition to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, 30 EU politicians from 5 countries and 5 parties commented on the results.

Results of the 3rd round

„Should the EU move towards more mutual solidarity?"

After discussing the various aspects, 97 percent of the HomeParliaments spoke in favour of more mutual solidarity in the EU.

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1200 participants
1000 results received
166 approvals
4 rejections
1 abstention

„Should wealthy EU Member States provide more economic support to Member States that are particularly hard hit by crises?"

Average: 7,4

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Most HomeParliaments want mutual economic support in the event of a crisis because this strengthens cohesion and mutual trust, which in turn strengthens the community of states’ ability to act in foreign policy.

The main counter-argument was that mutual financial support gives strength to Eurosceptic initiatives in the event of a crisis.

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Hildegard Bentele

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Germany

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Manfred Weber

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Germany

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Othmar Karas

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Austria

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Nicola Beer

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Germany

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Fabienne Keller

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France

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Jan-Christoph Oetjen

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Germany

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Martin Schirdewan

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Germany

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Helmut Scholz

GUE / NGL
Germany

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Franziska Brantner

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Germany

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Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield

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France

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Jutta Paulus

Greens / EFA
Germany

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Hannah Neumann

Greens / EFA
Germany

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Sergey Lagodinksy

Greens / EFA
Germany

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Gabriele Bischoff

S&D
Germany

„Should the EU invest more in social policy measures to tackle social inequality between the Member States?“

Average: 6,5

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The most frequently cited argument for more social policies was the resulting sense of community and European solidarity.

The main argument against such measures was that such a policy can only fail because of the different social security systems and cultural backgrounds.

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Hildegard Bentele

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Manfred Weber

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Othmar Karas

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Austria

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Nicola Beer

Renew Europe
Germany

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Fabienne Keller

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Germany

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Jan-Christoph Oetjen

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Germany

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Martin Schirdewan

GUE / NGL
Germany

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Helmut Scholz

GUE / NGL
Germany

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Franziska Brantner

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Germany

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Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield

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France

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Hannah Neumann

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Germany

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Sergey Lagodinsky

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Germany

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Jutta Paulus

Greens / EFA
Germany

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Gabriele Bischoff

S&D
Germany

„Should the EU, in the interest of future generations, primarily focus on environ-mentally friendly innovation and jobs?“

Average: 8,9

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The predominant argument in the discussions on this issue was that it is better to change course today rather than tomorrow in order to minimise negative impacts and the costs of the necessary transformation for the Earth, societies and democracy.

Given the scale of the challenge, all EU investments should be economically and environmentally sustainable.

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Hildegard Bentele

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Germany

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Manfred Weber

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Othmar Karas

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Austria

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Nicola Beer

Renew Europe
Germany

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Fabienne Keller

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France

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Jan-Christoph Oetjen

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Germany

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Martin Schirdewan

GUE / NGL
Germany

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Helmut Scholz

GUE / NGL
Germany

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Franziska Brantner

Greens / EFA
Germany

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Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield

Greens / EFA
France

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Hannah Neumann

Greens / EFA
Germany

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Sergey Lagodinsky

Greens / EFA
Germany

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Jutta Paulus

Greens / EFA
Germany

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Gabriele Bischoff

S&D
Germany

The feedback from our dialogue partners
on the results of the 3rd round

Ursula von der Leyen

President of the European Commission

Manfred Weber

EPP
Germany

Othmar Karas

EPP
Austria

Katarina Barley

S&D
Germany

Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield

Greens / EFA
France

Fabienne Keller

Renew Europe
France

Martin Schirdewan

GUE / NGL
Germany

View all feedback here

Hildegard Bentele

EPP
Germany

Nicola Beer

Renew Europe
Germany

Moritz Körner

Renew Europe
Germany

Sergey Lagodinsky

Greens / EFA
Germany

Michael Roth

Social Democratic Party in Bundestag
Germany

Łukasz Kohut

S&D
Poland

Michael Theurer

Liberal Democrat Party in Bundestag
Germany

Jutta Paulus

Greens / EFA
Germany

Pedro Marques

S&D
Germany

Jan-Christoph Oetjen

Renew Europe
Germany

Franziska Brantner

Alliance 90/The Greens in Bundestag
Germany

Helmut Scholz

GUE / NGL
Germany

Hannah Neumann

Greens / EFA
Germany

Ska Keller

Greens / EFA
Germany

Michael Bloss

Greens / EFA
Germany

What past participants say

Ole from Berlin

In my online HomeParliament, I was lucky enough to be able to discuss with friends as well as with family members of a friend. I was particularly fascinated by the cross-generational agreements with the 99-year-old grandma on the future of European solidarity, because our paths to it could not have been more different.

Pia from Hildesheim

I think the format of the European HomeParliaments is great because civic participation at European and national level is very important to me. I have taken part in HomeParliaments both as a host and as a participant, online and offline, with young and older people. The HomeParliaments are an incredible amount of fun, the discussion is really stimulating and everyone can freely express their own opinion. My plea: become a host and organise a HomeParliament. It’s so worthwhile!

Jörg from Darmstadt

Thanks to the support of our cooperation partners Staatstheater Darmstadt,AGORA – das Lokal and Parktheater Bensheim, we were able to hold 3 events in the region with a total of 9 HomeParliaments. In addition, there are at least a handful of other HomeParliaments that have been implemented as video conferences, including one in Esperanto with the participation of people from five European countries. A very strong sign for European cohesion.

Elisabeth from Toulouse

The debate was interesting and instructive because the confrontation was based on everyone’s own conception of European policies. Our points of view differed according to our sensitivities, our nationality – even our binationality. These debates are commendable and can be repeated over and over again. They nourish the debate on Europe and foster a sense of belonging to it. A voice from the grassroot level to make things more tangible for all citizens.

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All dialogue partners in the 3rd round (portraits)

Ursula von der Leyen

President of the European Commission

Manfred Weber

EPP
Germany

Othmar Karas

EPP
Austria

Katarina Barley

S&D
Germany

Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield

Greens / EFA
France

Fabienne Keller

Renew Europe
France

Martin Schirdewan

GUE / NGL
Germany

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