European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau will be in Strasbourg on January 16 for the European Parliament’s plenary session. She will meet with Parliament President Antonio Tajani to review preparations for the European Citizens’ Consultations.
The Citizens’ Consultations will be held between April and October in several European countries. They are designed to allow the greatest possible number of French and European citizens to express what it is they expect from Europe and European policies through discussions on the ground and online, and exercises in participatory democracy. The involvement of the European Parliament and its members reflects the great importance of this democratic exercise.
During her visit, Ms. Loiseau will also meet with Janusz Lewandowski, head of the Polish European People’s Party (EPP) delegation, Cecilia Wikström, a Swedish deputy from the ALDE group who is heading the effort to reform the Dublin asylum system, and Manfred Weber, president of the EPP group. These discussions will focus on France’s vision of European priorities for 2018, the Citizens’ Consultations, and the cross-border lists for European elections.
She will also meet with French delegation heads to the political groups and with French MEPs belonging to the Bureau of the European Parliament.
France wants to work closely with the European Parliament to promote an ambitious European agenda.