The morning has started with fruitful debates on the future of the EU. The heads of state discussed the idea of creating an EU army and analyzed the BREXIT phenomena. During this session, the head of states were chaired by Theresa May. The discussion was really intense.
After coffee break, the head of states decided to tackle the issue of social rights and welfare state, topic proposed by Sweden. The head of state highlighted the idea of education and inequality in the EU. In this context, France and Germany emphasized the importance of welfare State for citizens. This was interrupted by Nigel Farage who came in the EU Council for a Q&A session. He replayed to some questions regarding the 2016 Referendum, about Scottish people and he expressed his willingness of a NO DEAL Brexit. After this, the head of states continued the debate towards the social rights. In this respect, Belgium mentioned the EU structural funds and the importance of social inclusion. All the member states seem to agree on the improvement of social rights. They started to discuss also issues related to labor and health insurance. Moreover, France encouraged all the states to take all the legislative measures to ensure the social security, discussing also the idea of improvement of Erasmus programs.
In order to reach a consensus, the heads of states invited a representative from the Polish government to give a speech about its position. She asked where the EU jurisdiction ends, but highlighted the idea that they do not question their membership in the EU. Following her speech, a session of Q&A started which focused on sovereignty and matters of representation. Furthermore, Germany questioned the polish representative about rule of law and transparency in Poland. In response, Poland emphasized the idea of independent governments.
The head of states worked on the joint statements and the conclusion that aim to reduce the Euroscepticism .We can conclude that even if they have discussed a wide variety of topics and they have had opposite views on a lot of aspects, they managed to work hard together for the greater good. They prepared three joint statements on the topic of a New Social Contract expressing their views. In terms of conclusion, the member states gave solutions for Euroscepticism : creating jobs opportunities, international competitiveness, investment in both formal and informal education, rights of residence, introduction of political education in schools and it envisages the creation of an European Army.
At the end, countries expressed the idea that they reached a consensus that can make every member state content. Unfortunately, Hungary stressed the idea that members cannot vote on this conclusion, point supported by Lithuania and Croatia. That is why the conclusion failed.
So, the committee ended without a consensus, but the most important thing is that the member states collaborated together and had fruitful debates tackling a lot of issues.
Written by Irina Baciu, Press Officer