CEPS Task Force calls on Europe to ‘regroup and reform’

In the face of growing nationalism and a multitude of economic, security and political challenges – not least to the very membership of the Union – CEPS convened a Task Force on EU reform, composed of experts from across Europe, including MEPs, former European Commissioners, officials of the European Council and Council of Ministers and leading scholars of EU politics and law. The essence of the group’s deliberations was captured in a report, published on February 17th, offering insights into the issues that will decide the future of the EU and putting forward 18 actionable recommendations to make the EU more responsive and effective. Entitled Regroup and Reform: Ideas for a more responsive and effective European Union, the report highlights three policy fields that warrant particular attention: internal and external border management; socio-economic and monetary integration; and fostering a more democratic ‘Citizen’s Union’. The report was launched in a special session of the CEPS Ideas Lab in February, at which Joaquín Almunia, former Commissioner and Task Force member, presented the group’s aims and key findings, followed by Rosen Plevneliev, former Bulgarian President, who offered his personal reflections on the challenges facing Europe and the efficacy of the report’s recommendations for addressing those challenges.

The report is available for free downloading at: https://www.ceps.eu/publications/regroup-and-reform-ideas-more-responsiv...