Stories from the MED network

Event takeaways, publication launches and more from the network.

Next Generation EU: How creative responses can empower parliaments in the crisis-driven era of the executive
On 19 October, 12 network members of the Mercator European Dialogue (MED) from Italy, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Luxembourg, and Spain, joined a call initiated by their colleague Damian Boeselager, Member of the European Parliament. The participants engaged in a discussion that was framed by the question: how can parliamentarians make sure that they are not sidelined in the process of designing, disbursing, and evaluating Europe’s answer to the Covid-19 crisis?
MP Open Call #1 – On European Migration Policy and Covid-19 Measures
On 1 October, the Mercator European Dialogue (MED) hosted its first MP Open Call. This new call series invites members of the network to join regular informal open-agenda conversations with their peers. The participants decide what they want to talk about and how they want to use the one hour on the line together, spontaneously.
MED 120 Emergency Dialogue: Europe debates recovery plans
Our recently launched MED 120 workshop series provides parliamentarians from across Europe the opportunity to engage in 120 minutes of online dialogue to explore core implications of the Covid-19 crisis and discuss crucial policy responses with specialized experts. On 5. May 2020, ten parliamentarians from seven EU member states convened to exchange perspectives on European initiatives in response to the pandemic.
MED120 Emergency Dialogues: Exploring Critical Action to Prevent a Terminal Crisis
These MED120 Emergency Dialogues took place in the “Advance Politics” framework, a MED collaboration with the Institute for Integrated Economic Research. They consisted of three calls, taking place on 9 April, 17 April, and 4 May 2020, that enabled 18 parliamentarians from 14 countries to explore the critical economic, financial, and social implications of the Covid-19 crisis, as well as looking at the decisive national and pan-European actions that may be required in response to the pandemic.