Wider Europe, Neighbourhood and the World Community
Seminar on the Future of Europe
In 2004 - just before the first Eastern enlargement - the ELDR Group adopted a position paper by the name "Wider Europe, Neighbourhood and the World Community". It was based on the idea of concentric circles. According to the paper, "Europe should be seen as a system of concentric circles composed of flexible differentiation inside the European Union and functional spheres of cooperation surrounding the Union".
12 years later the ALDE Group has decided to organise a seminar dealing with the same themes as the 2004 ELDR position paper.
What are the borders of the EU? Should countries like Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey become members? And Russia on the long run? And what is the future of the EEA?
Internal development of the EU
Is the EU too large and heterogeneous in order to develop into a federal or even a unitary state? Should we encourage internal differentiation as a permanent or at least as a very long term solution?
What is the future role of the Council of Europe and the OSCE in promoting Pan-European cooperation and integration? Should we consider new forms of regional cooperation extending to Africa and the Middle East?