60th Anniversary of the Congress of Europe

On 23-24 May 2008, Yvonne Nasshoven attended on behalf of TEPSA the 60th Anniversary of the Congress of Europe in The Hague.

Besides a number of MEPs like Andrew Duff, Jo Leinen, Elmar Brok and the President of the European Movement, Pat Cox, the President of the European Commission, José Barroso, the High Representative, Javier Solana, the current President of the Council of Europe, the Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša, and the President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, were present at the meeting. Also the party leaders of the four big European Political Parties, EPP, SPE, European Greens and ELDR took part in the discussion.

Five items were discussed with high priority: To make the issue of energy a common policy, to create a stronger CFSP, to have the ERASMUS programme not only accessible to university students, to enhance women’s rights, and for the European political parties to nominate who is running for the office of the President of the European Commission for their political family. In general, an optimistic and constructive sign was given from the Congress of Europe.