An opportunity to exchange views and a learning experience, the Jubel Festival, the very first festival on European democracy in Belgium, took place on Saturday 22 September 2018 in Park Leopold in Brussels. EESC members Pierre Jean Coulon, Ronny Lannoo, Thierry Libaert and Daniel Mareels led a debate on the future of Europe, one that was particularly relevant in view of the upcoming European elections.

Hundreds of participants gathered to discuss the state of play of the European Union and put forward their ideas for the Europe they want. People of all ages, from all backgrounds and nationalities, tapped into the potential of the European democracy festival to talk and listen to each other, get inspired, and exchange opinions with European political leaders, civil society organisations and experts.

The EESC members unanimously emphasised that, with the European elections fast approaching, there was no time to waste to deliver on promises, and focused on three key points:

  • building a sustainable and inclusive Europe (Digital Single Market, Banking Union, Social Pillar, Energy Union);
  • managing migration bearing in mind the principles of solidarity and the rule of law, which are at the core of any lasting compromise;
  • making the EU people-centred once more, enabling its citizens to achieve a better quality of life. (mp)