Vice-President Margaritis Schinas held an online Citizens’ Dialogue on Europe Day, together with the President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Professor Tsoukalis. They both answered citizens’ questions about current EU affairs and COVID-19.
Many of the questions coming in via the EDICs and social media addressed the impacts of the current pandemic on the economy. One citizen wanted to know the measures the EU could take to boost competitiveness in the Single Market, while another questioned the means to reactivate direct foreign investments.
Linked to the economic impact, one question wondered about the increase in inequalities between EU member states and the possibility that this would lead to a two-speed Europe, while another questioned the convergence between the enoconomies of the northern and southern EU countries. As to the solutions, one citizen wondered if the Eurobond could be a permanent lending tool of the eurozone member states and not just an emergency measure.
The international repercusions of the COVID-19 crisis were also discussed, with one question on the need for Europe to strengthen its cooperation with China to address the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Migration, European defence, enlargement in the Western Balkans, and help to young talents were other topics addressed. Finally, one citizen proposed the creation of a Joint pan-European Curriculum on european citizenship that would be taught at schools around the EU.