10:00 - 12:30

European Movement International Members’ Council


12:30 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:15

Official Opening

Location: Leiden University – Campus The Hague - Auditorium 2.02, Wijnhaven location

Words of welcome by Eva Maydell MEP, and  Godelieve van Heteren on behalf of the European Movement International and the European Movement Netherlands

13:15 - 14:00

Plenary Session: The Possible Europe of Citizens: a new foundational moment

  • Margareta Drzeniek, Head of Future of Economic Progress, World Economic Forum
  • Sophie Bloemen, Co-founder and Director European Commons Network
  • Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of the European Women's Lobby
  • Flor Avelino, Assistant Prof. of Sustainability Transitions, DRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics, Oxford University
14:15 – 15:45

Thematic Sessions with partner organisatons - Block one

Agora 1 - European democracy: equal, just and inclusive?

Location: Nieuwspoort, Lange Poten 10, The Hague.

Our democracy depends on a common sense of equality, justice and inclusiveness. Even though we pride ourselves for our democratic system, the reality is more complicated. The functioning of our democracy is under fierce scrutiny. People’s trust in European collaboration is waning and depends on the EU’s ability to defend and promote our fundamental democratic values. This session will discuss how Europe    can defend and promote human rights and build institutions which serve an open, inclusive, tolerant society for all.

Kick-off by Josien Pieterse, Network Democracy and Miguel Arana Catania, Democratic Cities,Live from Madrid, and Jonathan McCully, Legal Advisor to the Digital Freedom Fund.

Closing remarks from Bernd Hüttemann European Movement Germany and Vice-President of the European Movement International

Agora 2 - Future economy: fair equitable and smart?

Location: Leiden University – Campus The Hague - Auditorium 2.02, Wijnhaven location

In a globalized world our economic models need updating, if we wish to turn our world into a fairer, more equitable place and make 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, discuss the need for better investments and assess the push for economic, fiscal and monetary integration.

Kick off by Maria Heider, Metro AG and Treasurer of the European Movement International and Hans Schnitzler, Technology Philosopher and Columnist at Follow the Money

Closing remarks from Petros Fassoulas, European Movement International

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

Location: University of Leiden, Hague Campus, Schouwburgstraat 2, The Hague

For decades, the European social model was upheld as the most attractive available. In our world today, people feel that the rights and protections 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, without 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.

Kick off by Marina Monaco, ETUC and Anna Widegren, European Youth Forum

Closing remarks by Geert Lovink, Founding Director of Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam

16:00 - 17:30

Thematic Sessions - block two

Agora 4 – Sustainability: pipedream or realistic scenario?

Location: Leiden University – Campus The Hague - Auditorium 2.02, Wijnhaven location

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.

Kick off by Jeremy Wates, European Environmental Bureau and Sebastian Bathiany, WUR Earth Sciences & Author of Science study on climate change global impact

Closing remarks by Federica Sabatti, Vice President of the European Movement International


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

Location: Nieuwspoort, Lange Poten 10, The Hague

Europe and the world are living times of profound cultural change. Europe’s history has always been characterised by diversity. Culture is vital and volatile, while at the same time espousing more enduring values. In a world in which people, need to co-exist due to a variety of circumstances, efforts to raise cultural awareness are high on the agenda: as a precondition for understanding each other and as prerequisite for creating tolerant forms of co-existence.

In this session, we explore what Europe already does and can do better to fight fear of the unknown, raise cultural awareness and deeper understanding of diversity – historically and in the context of present day mass population movements. If a Global Compact on Migration is in the making at UN level, what can our contribution in Europe be?

Kick-off by Dr. James Bradburne, Director, Pinacoteca Brera

Closing remarks by Natasa Owens, Vice President of the European Movement International

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

Location: University of Leiden, Hague Campus, Schouwburgstraat 2, The Hague

The fundamental debate about what ‘security’ amounts to in our world is reaching a new phase. The traditional focus on military and territorial security is challenged by new debates, introducing and revitalizing wider ‘security’ concepts.  At the same time ‘Cold-War’ style scenarios are used to boost new military spending.

In this session we will discuss the role European citizens have to play in a world of broader security and welfare.

Kick off by Alexander Verbeek (Founder of Institute Planetary Security & Associate atStockholm Environment Institute, Paul Peters Taskforce Security Council, Head of MENA region).

Closing remarks by Yves Bertoncini President of the European Movement France & Vice President of the European Movement International

17:45 - 18:30

Plenary Closing Session

Convening stakeholders, this will be an opportunity to put forward key points, which have emerged in the agoras and discuss them with political representatives.

With Ogutu Muraya, International Relations, Storyteller

The panel will feature:

  • Brando Benifei, MEP
  • Eva Maydell, MEP
  • Jo Leinen, MEP
  • Paul Tang, MEP
From 18:30


Hosted by European Parliament Liaison Office in the Netherlands in the University of Leyden – Campus The Hague, Wijnhaven


09:30 - 12:00

The Ridderzaal Ceremony

The official commemoration of the Congress of The Hague, which will be celebrated in a festive ceremony in the Dutch Hall of Knights (Ridderzaal). This session is by invitation only, but livestreaming will be provided with the kind cooperation of EBN and the European Parliament Liaison Office in the Netherlands. The detailed agenda of this session is outlined below.

09:30 - 10:30
  • Poetic introduction
  • Words of welcome from Jhr. Mr. J.P. Backer, Vice-President of the Senate of the States-General of The Netherlands, and Eva Maydell, MEP and President of the European Movement International
  • Felix Klos, historical reflection: the spirit of The Hague
  • Professor J.P.H Donner, Vice President of the Dutch Council of State
10:30 - 11:20

Panel of civic leaders:

  • Monsterrat Mir, Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Congress
  • Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby
  • Anna Widegren, Secretary General of the European Youth Forum
  • Winward Quaedvlieg, UEAPME
11:20 - 11:30

Musical Intermezzo

11:30 - 11:45

Keynote speech:

  • Mrs. K. Ollongren, Vice Prime Minister of The Netherlands and Minister of Interior
11:45 - 11:50

A toast by Tom de Bruijn, City Councillor for Finance, Transport and Environment of the City of the Hague and former Dutch Ambassador in Brussels.

12:00 - 15:30

Citizens Build - Sharing Europa Agora Lunch

Open air lunch and podium with films, short interviews, speeches, debates and a digital marketplace. Promoting conversations about new ideas in the making: representing new narratives around Europe, using many creative means. The lunch will involve a podium with music, and several short performances by creative artists, celebrating Europe’s new narratives.

16:00 – 17:00

European International Media Panel: Europe’s new public space

With journalists from across Europe, including Guikje Roethof Author/Journalist and President of the Foundation Council for Journalism, Rene Moerland, NRC, The Caravan Journal, Are We Europe, and Josh Maiyo, University of Amsterdam and Former Kenyan Broadcaster

17:00 - 18:00

Citizens Connect: Europe’s new fabric: civic networks

This session is a panel debate in collaboration with the Europa Decentraal, VNG International and the Global Parliament of Mayors Secretariat in the City of The Hague.

With the participation of:

  • Frank Vieveen, Smart City Lead City of Rotterdam
  • Marc Sanderson, Technical Director of Malaga City Council, representing the Deputy Major of Innovation and New Technologies and Security
  • Wim Pijbes, Former Director Rijksmuseum, Director Droom en Daad (Dream and Deed),
  • Charlot Schans, Europe - Cities in Transition/ Pakhuis de Zwijger
  • Bas van den Barg, VNG (Association of Dutch Municipalities)
  • Sabine Biesheuvel, Director, BlueCity
  • Dr. Adham M Darawsha, First President of the Consulta delle Culture, City of Palermo
18:30 - 19:45


Join us for drinks offered by the City of The Hague at Nieuwspoort

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