19 Jan, 2022

Renew Europe defines midterm agreement on European Parliament priorities

The Renew Europe Group has played a defining role in a landmark agreement, concluded on 17 January between Renew Europe, the European People’s Party Group and the Socialists & Democrats Group in the European Parliament, to set the legislative and political priorities for the assembly and the European Union until 2024.

In a first, the agreement sets out a list of priorities that are publicly available. It shows the powerlessness of populists and nationalists who would rather shout from the sidelines of European politics, rather than building alliances to deliver concrete outcomes for citizens.

At its heart, the agreement has the ambition to move Europe forward and ensure it is ready to face issues common to all European citizens, from climate change to migration, women’s rights, health, the economy, social rights, rule of law, the digital transition and Europe’s security and foreign policy challenges.

Institutional reforms are needed to achieve renewal and strengthen democracy and Renew Europe supports transnational lists with enough seats to be in place for the next European elections. Reform of voting rights in the European Council is also needed in the form of qualified majority voting.

Stéphane Séjourné, President of Renew Europe, said:

"Renew Europe fought hard for a concrete list of actions that will deliver for citizens. For the first time, there is a midterm agreement with a list of priorities that is publicly available. The EU needs reform of its institutions and a renewed determination to deliver tangible outcomes for citizens. Unlike the Europhobic far right and populists on the hard left, this agreement takes responsibility to build a united and common destiny for European citizens."

With this agreement, the three largest political groups agreed to support Roberta Metsola MEP’s candidacy for President of the European Parliament, alongside Renew Europe’s candidates for European Parliament Vice-President.

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