The first European leadership programme

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

T
he principal message to come out the Brussels seminar is that the EU needs to change its way of thinking, especially as regards enhancing EU integration. The current model of governance in the EU is fragmented to the point that effective decisions on important policy issues are increasingly difficult to reach. As a result, the voices and needs of European citizens are not being considered, nor are their opinions taken fully into account by decision-makers.
The current model in EU policymaking has contributed to diminished European power on the global level and weakened the potential for Europe to take a leading role in solutions to the global economic crisis and climate change. Moreover, public and foreign perceptions of the EU as divided and ineffectual need to be addressed through a change in the European narrative to promote further European thinking on integration and a trans-national approach to problem-solving if Europe is to exit the Eurozone crisis and establish a strong image in international relations.
In order to resolve the issues of national insolvency that are crippling the Eurozone, the EU must move past specific questions of policy and reconsider the overall policy process to determine if its objectives and goals regarding economic growth are still tenable in today’s global economic climate. The growth framework that Europe has been following for decades must be questioned, new indicators of success considered, and European leaders need to reform their approach to economic issues.
The world is changing. China, India, Brazil and other countries are developing at unprecedented rates, increasing global demand for resources and laying bare the reality that a sustainable future can only be achieved through more amalgamation of efforts on a trans-national level. In order to realise global goals of sustainability, Europeans must shrink their needs and share opportunities with their partners in the world.
To accomplish these objectives, Europe must align its economic and political priorities with global trends in green growth, free trade and innovative competitiveness. This will require a measured response in terms of openness in economic and political terms and a concerted effort to combat populism and protectionist tendencies in member states trying to maintain their interests.
The Young Leaders concluded the seminar by committing to building on the network of European Young Leaders in order to design and disseminate new ideas and ways of thinking in a far-reaching and pan-European approach.

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