“The Conference on the Future of Europe provides a unique opportunity for citizens to contribute to the discussions about what kind of Union we want to build. The future belongs to all of us and we should not take these decisions alone in the Brussels bubble. I encourage everyone to join the debate and I hope for broad participation as democracy will only be deepened through this conference if we involve those who are usually excluded from the public debate.”
Iratxe García, S&D Group President on the #Progressives4Europe initiative for the Conference on the Future of Europe
Join the debate! This is about your views, your voice and our future. The #Progressives4Europe initiative has been launched, in co-operation with our partners in the progressive family.
#Progressives4Europe includes the first multilingual debate platform in 24 EU languages and more, alongside a dedicated Facebook page. We want to hear what you think on our new online platform: help us shape the Future of Europe!
The #Progressives4Europe debate starts online now and at a high-level online event from Rome on Monday 3 May, with many, many more events to come, both online and in-person.
On Monday 19 April, the subcommittee on Tax Matters will hold a public hearing on reforming the Council’s Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation. The S&D Group chairs the tax subcommittee and is committed to doing more to curb harmful tax competition.
On Wednesday, the European Commission will present draft rules for a European approach for artificial intelligence.
On Thursday 22 April, 10-11:00, Agnes Jongerius, S&D MEP and the Parliament’s lead negotiator will brief journalists, together with her co-rapporteur, on her draft report on adequate minimum wages in the EU. The report will be discussed in the Employment Committee the same day and will be the Parliament’s position for the negotiation with EU governments after adoption.
Throughout the week, S&D MEPs will be preparing the plenary session due to take place from 26-29 April.
EVENTS NEXT WEEK
On Tuesday 20 April from 13:00 to 15:00, the S&D Group is organising a seminar on Transnational lists and the Spitzenkandidaten principle. With voter turnout in European elections on the rise, S&D MEPs want to see a true European public sphere in the 2024 elections.
Iratxe García Pérez, S&D Group president, Domènec Ruiz Devesa, S&D AFCO co-ordinator, and Marek Belka, S&D vice-president, will all take part in the event, livestreamed on the S&D website. You can read the full programme here.
On Wednesday 21 April from, the S&D Group will host an online event on the 2030 Porto agenda for Sustainable Wellbeing ahead of the EU Social Summit in Porto. The event, focused on the best way to make social rights a reality, will be livestreamed on the S&D website.
Iratxe García Pérez, S&D Group president, will open the event alongside Agnes Jongerius, S&D co-ordinator for Employment and Social Affairs, and Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Chair of the Independent Commission for Sustainable Equality. S&D MEPs Klára Dobrev and Elisabetta Gualmini will chair panel discussions, with closing remarks from Heléne Fritzon, S&D vice-president. The full list of speakers is available here.