In a year marked by an intense discussion on the Future of Europe, the European Movement International spent 2017 building networks across Europe, developing our thought leadership and communicating our distinctly pro-European messages. Our focus has been to involve our member organisations in our work and policy positions, inform the big debates and influence the direction the European Union takes.

With the year coming to an end, we want to share with you our key activities, from our events and communications to our policy output and lobbying work. Below is a snapshot of some of the things we have worked on and plan to build upon in 2018.

The year ahead will see a lot of activity, building on our legacy with our 70th anniversary of the Hague Congress and looking forward towards the 2019 elections through the ALL and On Our Watch projects. The European Movement will be present in all the important debates, offering our vision for the direction our Union should follow.

European Movement Projects
On Our Watch
The On Our Watch platform brings together over 30 civil society organisations that analyse the work of the European Parliament in their topic area. In 2017, we welcomed new partners, completed and launched the platform, and organised a hackathon and debate. The platform will function as a resource for citizens ahead of the 2019 elections, offering information on the demands of civil society, analysis of the European Parliament output and utilising digital tools.
Alliance for Democracy
The Pro-European Alliance for Democracy, bringing together stakeholders representing different sides of European society, was set up by the European Movement in 2017 to campaign in support of European cooperation and democracy. In June 2017, the founding partners came together for the ALL Launch Conference ‘Is Democracy in crisis?‘.
Europe Day
In 2017, members of the European Movement International network celebrated Europe Day by holding events, discussions and activities throughout Europe. From Finland to Portugal and from Ireland to Turkey, in EU member as well as non–member states celebrations and evenns of all kinds took place. Curious as to how everyone celebrated? Take a look at this map to find out more!
Women of Europe Awards
Following on the succesfull 2016 edition of the Women of Europe Awards, the 2017 edition featured four categories with four inspiring winners: Federica Mogherini as Woman in Power; Adriana Lettrari as Woman in Action; Melody Hossaini as Woman in Business and Mina Jaf as Woman in Youth Activism. A panel debate on diversity kicked of the day.
European Democracy Group
The European Democracy Group is a new initiative organised by Carnegie Europe and the European Movement International. Starting in 2017, we will run a series of regular small-scale discussions between analysts, civil society representatives, and policy-makers in Brussels to explore ways to improve democratic participation in the EU.
Investing in the Future of Europe
The European Movement and European Investment Bank have joined forces for a series of events to discuss the benefits of EU membership with civil society, business and investors. Events took place in Warsaw, Ireland, France and Serbia.
Rome Treaty Anniversary
On 25 March 2017 the European Movement marked the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty, using it as an opportunity to renew support for the European project and craft a way forward for our Union. For the occasion, the European Movement published a Letter from the European Movement Honorary Council and produced a joint civil society statement on The Europe We Want, bringing together over 250 organisations and networks across Europe.
2017 European national elections
To mark the key electoral year 2017, with many important national elections in the EU, #EuropeElects follows the electoral debates and European dimension:

Policy and influencing
Future of Europe


Rule of Law and Democracy

Migration and integration

Education, Youth and Skills

Economic and Monetary Union

Social Pillar

Security, defence and globalisation

European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement

The European Movement website has received over 68,000 visits, viewing over 165,000 pages.
Have a look also at our press releases, blog page and press mentions.

This year we have increased our social media following by around 5,000 people and reached over two million people with our posts. Hashtags from events such as the Women of Europe Awards and the Federal Assembly also reached over one million people each.

In addition to its Weekly European Agenda, the European Movement International also published two ‘EU at a Glance’ calendars in 2017:

EM International Network Gatherings
Members’ Council

On 12 May, the European Movement Members Council took place in Brussels. Representatives of the European Movement network welcomed the Youth Forum, European Environmental Bureau and CEEP as new members, adopted new policy positions and shared their recent and upcoming activities. Read more

Federal Assembly

On 24 – 25 November Members of the European Movement International met in Brussels to discuss the plans and priorities for the coming years and elect a new board. Eva Maydell MEP was elected as the new President of the European Movement. Read more.

European Movement International Events