The Future of Europe – A consultation

The 29th March 2017 is an auspicious day. 60 years after six European countries decided to cooperate in the peaceful uses of atomic energy (EURATOM Treaty) the steady growth of an expanding Europe into a bastion of peace and borderless movement of goods, services, capital and labour has been interrupted by the request of the UK to leave the Union. So be it, the people in the island have spoken and democracy will prevail.

Each and every one of you have benefited with life and career changing support from Europe to enable you to improve your personal career path and pursue research of interest to you; free of any political, scientific priority or imposition.

Europe faces many challenges, from globalisation, to the impact of new technologies on society and jobs, to security concerns and the rise of populism, while preserving our humanity and compassion for those less fortunate: and we must ensure we are not overwhelmed but rather that we seize the opportunities that these trends present.

At the annual meeting of the MCAA last week in Salamanca, we heard the Commission impress on us that the way forward from this interruption of our assumed trajectory is very much open to discussion and debate. The Commission invited the MCAA to discuss the White Paper and forward the collective comments to the consultation process.

To this end; we attach the link to the White Paper for your reflection and comment. The English version is to be found at https://ec.europa.eu/commission/white-paper-future-europe-reflections-and-scenarios-eu27_en  That page also contains a link to all 22 language versions of the EU.

For debate and comments we have set aside this group in the MCAA Website.

We will then produce a summary of comments and debate.

All comments and debate submitted prior to noon, April 18th 2017 will be a part of that summary produced. The overview paper will of course be published on the site.

This moment is possibly the most important junction in the history of the European Union. Never before have so many autonomous countries settled for shared jurisdiction and a common future. Just a few years ago this was rewarded by the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the EU.

The EU has given you support, funding and a chance for a better future. Now we ask you to give some time to the same institution and ensure it has a strong; inclusive future and continues to develop the open market model with strong social protection and build a strong Europe to give the world a model to be proud of.

Thank you for your commitment

The Future of Europe – A consultation News feed

Need for European Scientific Identity

Hi all, I have been reading both the document and the feedback we are providing so far, and I see climate change is mentioned clearly in the document as a factor of change, along with technology (pg. 10), but maybe not as emphasized as it could be. However, what is not there is a mention of science, not once. This may be in part to the following statement regarding the scenarios: "They are not detailed blueprints or policy prescriptions.

The Language used in the White Paper on the Future of Europe

Here are my observations on the White Paper in its entirety (not just the scenarios). I’m conscious that my thoughts remain embryonic; I’m still processing the ramifications of how these are presented, but I’m also conscious that I’m a little late to the party compared to some, so I thought I’d outline my thoughts to date now. (I’m on leave at the moment and have been bogged down with job applications.)

 

Objectives and structure of the MCAA Response

Given that we only have another 4 days for input on the white paper - I was wondering if we could stimulate some conversation about what the objective and structure of a response from the MCAA would look like. From the description above, "we will then produce a summary of comments and debate" for the submission, but perhaps we can also have some input on how this commentary is structured?

Future of Europe

There is some discussion as to the scope of our discussion of this Open Letter. We can comment on this document as researchers and/or as normal citizens.

On the one hand we have many scientists within our membership, who tend to focus rather strongly on science policy aspects. On the other hand, we also have social scientists within our membership with specific competence to deal with economic and social policy. Nevertheless I think we can all have an opinion on how economic and social policy affect us as citizens and affect our research lives.