European HomeParliaments, 3rd Round
In the 3rd Round of European HomeParliaments, solidarity in the European Union was discussed in 12 member states. For the first time, people who did not know each other before met thanks to a matching process and formed more diverse conversations, which in some cases even happened across borders. 31 politicians from five countries respond to the participants’ wishes.
In fall 2020, about 1500 participants discussed financial support for countries hard hit by crises, 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 organized discussion rounds were enthusiastic about the constructive exchange of opinions, the mutual understanding within the groups, and the knowledge acquired from a well-structured discussion about the future of European solidarity.
Several innovations were introduced at the same time. For the first time, almost half of the HomeParliaments took place via video conference. Thanks to a matching process, discussion groups were formed between people who did not know each other beforehand.
In addition, for the first time, HomeParliaments took place in 12 different European countries. In some HomeParliaments, discussions even took place across borders.
In addition to the President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, 30 EU politicians from 5 countries and 5 parties will take a stance on the results.
These politicians respond live to the results.
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Results of the 3rd round
„Should the EU move towards more mutual solidarity?"
97 percentof the HomeParliaments spoke out in favor of more mutual solidarity in the EU after discussing various aspects of the topic.
1000 results obtained
„Should wealthy EU Member States provide more economic support to Member States that are particularly hard hit by crises?"
Most HomeParliaments support mutual economic assistance in the event of a crisis because this strengthens cohesion and mutual trust, which in turn reinforces the international community’s ability to act in foreign policy.
The main counter-argument was that mutual financial assistance in times of crisis strengthens Eurosceptic initiatives.
„Should the EU invest more in social policy measures to tackle social inequality between the Member States?“
The most frequently cited argument for more comprehensive social policies was that they are believed to foster a sense of community across countries and mutual European solidarity.
The main argument against such measures was that such policies can only fail as a consequence of the different social security systems and cultural backgrounds across countries.
„Should the EU, in the interest of future generations, primarily focus on environ-mentally friendly innovation and jobs?“
The prevailing argument in the discussions on this issue was that it is better to change course today rather than tomorrow. This way, negative consequences and the costs of the transformation for the planet, societies, and democracy can be reduced.
Given the scale of the challenge, all EU investments should be economically and environmentally sustainable.
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