After successful Town Hall Meetings in Athens, Lisbon and Rome the fourth event within the Dialogue on Europe took place in Marseilles, on 26 May 2016. Once again representatives from civil society, NGOs, local initiatives, startups, think tanks, the cultural sector and from the media gathered to discuss the most pressing challenges France and Europe are currently facing and exchange ideas about how to work towards a strengthened and progressive Europe.
We were happy to host the Town Hall Meeting in Marseilles with our French partner organizations Institut Jacques Delors and Friche la Belle de Mai and the friendly support of Goethe-Institut Marseille, A.M.I. and Centre international de formation européenne in Nice (CIFE). As in the previous events, the afternoon consisted of a workshop session and a public debate. During the four workshops about “Populism”, “Social Cohesion”, “Migration and Integration” as well as “Sustainable Growth” the participants pointed out current issues, evaluate recent developments in the respective area and develop possible responses. The results were then be presented and discussed during the public debate with the German Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth.
Next, the results of the French-German Town Hall Meeting in Marseilles will be brought together with the findings of the other four European Town Hall Meetings, and serve as a basis for the following multilateral Thinking Labs of the “Dialogue on Europe” we will initiate from Summer 2016 onwards. In these working groups, representatives from all involved countries will work on policy recommendations, and establish a transnational network of young thinkers and practitioners.
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