« European elections: promoting a coalition agreement between four political families » Verger, Lamy, Pons, Policy Paper, Paris : Jacques Delors Institute, June 2019
Thursday 13th of June 2019
from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
at the Press Club, rue Froissart, 95, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Light lunch served
Pascal Lamy, President emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute
Christine Verger, Adviser, in charge of the relation with Parliaments, Jacques Delors Institute
Geneviève Pons, Director of the Brussels office, Jacques Delors Institute
The 2019 European elections were like no other: a sharp rise in turnout, a relative fall for the traditional political families, a strengthening of the centre and greens, a contained advance of the nationalists and extremes. A large pro-European majority emerged from the election, reflecting a reconfiguration of the European political landscape. This majority must yet be built up. The four main political families which are set to constitute it (EPP, S&D, ALDE, Greens) must overcome partisan rifts and come together to agree on a common roadmap to form a stable coalition. The aim is not to erase their differences, or to stifle political debate, but to focus together on what needs to be done so that the parliamentary institution may operate effectively and take part in tackling the challenges of the next five years.
In this brief, the Jacques Delors Institute proposes guidelines for the coalition agreement that may be established between the main pro-European political families (EPP, S&D, ALDE and Greens). This coalition agreement would focus on four major political goals: (1) to respond to the environmental emergency, (2) to work towards a more competitive and fairer Europe, (3) to ensure security for all and (4) to step up democracy.
There is limited space, registration is free but mandatory