Mercator European Dialogue

The Mercator European Dialogue is a network of EU parliamentarians, providing MPs the unique opportunity to exchange ideas on the future of Europe, share national concerns on a European level and better understand emerging trends.

Duration: 2014-2019 (Open) Budget: 114.000 €

Objectives

Over the past few years, the debates within and among EU member states on political issues have become more intense and often controversial. Following the Treaty of Lisbon, national parliaments gained more influence on EU policy-making. Throughout the European debt crisis, national parliaments have regularly voted on measures with great political, financial and social implications for other member states and the EU as a whole. In addition, numerous new actors have competed in elections, thus changing the political landscape and discourse.

In this context, Stiftung Mercator launched the Mercator European Dialogue in cooperation with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Germany, the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Italy, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) in Spain and the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in Greece. This project aims at encouraging and growing a European network of emerging as well as senior parliamentarians. The exchange of ideas will be enhanced by innovative workshop formats in order to ensure a high level of interaction and dialogue.

For members of parliament the Mercator European Dialogue is an important opportunity to exchange their ideas on the future of Europe, get to know colleagues from other countries, and channel national concerns to the European level and better understand emerging trends.

The Mercator European Dialogue convenes two levels of activities:

  1. A regional level with a series of smaller bi- or multilateral gatherings and
  2. A European level with three to four events bringing together 35-40 members of parliament from different countries. 

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From Greece to Scotland, we stand by Europe

The Open Letter for Europe Initiative is a first step to instigate collaboration across borders, encourage national parliamentarians to recognise their role in shaping the future of Europe and drive a conversation around forging new compromises and a renewed social contract between the EU and its citizens. Stephen Gethins is an MP in the Scottish National Party (UK), and Harry Theocharis is an independent MP (Greece). Gethins and Theocharis met during the Athens convening of the Mercator European Dialogue, a network of National Parliamentarians from across Europe launched by the Stiftung Mercator in cooperation with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Germany, the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Italy, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) in Spain and the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in Greece.

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