A debate is now underway across Europe on how best to address the challenges of a rapidly changing world. Influencing the future direction of Europe should always be a priority for Ireland and this is all the more important for us after Brexit.
Our starting point in this debate is to focus on the needs and concerns of our citizens.
Between now and 9 May 2018 (Europe Day), we are planning a series of regional meetings, engagement with key stakeholders and other events which will facilitate your input into the wider European debate. We want you to be involved and would encourage you to go to our Get Involved section to learn how and when to make a contribution in person or on-line.
On this site, you can find information on how to get involved with this discussion, including a calendar of upcoming Future of Europe events. You can also access previous speeches on the Future of Europe by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., and Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee T.D., who are leading this process of public engagement.
This site includes links to key documents from the EU Commission, including the White Paper on the Future of Europe published in March 2017, as well as the 5 following reflection papers. For a flavour of discussions in other EU countries, please see a selection of recent speeches on the topic by EU leaders.
The Oireachtas Joint Committee on European Union Affairs launched a consultation process on the future of Europe. A Report of the Committee is planned to be published before the end of the year. For more information, please see https://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/oireachtasbusiness/committees_list/eu-affairs/submissions/.