10:00 - 12:00

European Movement International Members’ Council


12:00 - 13:00


13:15 - 14:15

Official Opening

Words of Welcome by EM International and EM Netherlands. Short explanation about the Citizens    Debate Day programme and the Festival Day.

14:15 – 15:45

Thematic Sessions with partner organisatons - Block one

Agora 1 - Sustainability: a pipedream or the only way forward?

Can Europe be constructive in the efforts to create a    sustainable world for current and future generations? Inspirational voices from the SDGs and the     environmental movements, together with people     from     across     society     will     debate     what     the European citizens and European member states    can    do to achieve a sustainable world.

Agora 2 - Future economy: fair equitable and smart?

In a globalized world our economic models need updating, if we wish to turn our world a fairer, more equitable place and growth more sustainable. Stakeholders from across Europe will discuss how we can move from a grey to a green economy, and touch on the role of education in the world of digitalisation and automation, the need for better investments and assess the push for economic, fiscal and monetary integration.

Agora 3 - A new European social contract: what and how?

For decades, European social models were upheld as attractive to many. In our world today, people feel some arrangements that benefited them before are crumbling. A new ‘social contract’ is needed, which should support inclusion. The discussions in this session will face the dilemmas and explore the possibilities for turning towards more inclusive economic policies, which ensure Europe’s prosperity is shared, with out harming the planet. Questions of fair taxation and redistribution of wealth, investment in social services, the roles of the state and of the private sector will feature prominently.

16:00 - 17:30

Thematic Sessions - block two

Agora 4 – Democracy: inclusive, participatory and truly European? 

Equality, social justice and inclusiveness are some of the declared values in which Europeans sometimes pride themselves and which they link to further democratization. The realities are more complex. The functioning of our democracies is under fierce scrutiny. People’s trust In European collaboration is waning and depends    on    the    EU’s    ability    to    defend    and    promote the ground values mentioned.    The    gathering    will    discuss    how    Europe    can    defend    human rights and build institutions which serve open, inclusive, tolerant society    for    all.

Agora 5 – Migrations - Movements - Cultures: how can we embrace diversity?

Recent political debates have been defined by the emergence of mass population movement. With geopolitical instability and climate change forcing people to flee their homes, Europe needs to address migration in a holistic way, not least considering its own demographic challenges and the emerging changes in the socio-economic models it has employed.

SESSION 6 – Security for the future: what are the new challenges and their solutions?

The fundamental debate about what ‘security’ amounts to in our world is reaching a new phase. The traditional focus on military and territorial security and its related discussions is superseded by new debates, introducing wider ‘security’ concepts. Do European citizens have a role to play in the world of new broader security and welfare, which would not be exclusive to its own.

17:30 - 18:15

Plenary Closing Session - A Europe of citizens? Coming together to forge a new direction

In this final plenary of Day One, participants  from the various agoras will put forward  the proposals that have emerged and debate with social and political leaders.

From 19:00



09:30 - 10:30

Session 1 - Citizens Challenge / Citizens Imagine

A historical reflection on the role stakeholders from across society have played in the construction of the EU and a forward look into their vision for Europe.


Panel with high-level and inspirational speakers setting  the  scene  of the historical importance of  civic movements and their vital necessity now, including movements representing concerned and critical citizens.

10:30 - 12:00

Keynote speeches from VIPs


12:15 - 15:30

Session 2 and 3 - Sharing Europe Agora and Lunch at Plein Binnenhof

Sharing Europe lunch

Open-air lunch, in which people will share dishes from across Europe. Promoting conversations about new ideas in the making: representing new narratives and around Europe using many creative means. The lunch will involve a podium with music, and several short performances of creative artists, celebrating Europe’s new narratives, plus short interviews.

16:00 – 18:00

Panel - Citizens    Connect

A critical reflection    on    all    the    new    ways    in which    citizens    movements    can    or    should    connect    to    make    a    real    difference in    current    developments    and    how    ‘Europe’    could    support    such    initiatives.

19:30 - 21:00


Reception at the Town Hall, hosted by the Mayor and City of The Hague, and presentation of The Hague Declaration.

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