Dutch to lead debate on European values

16th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

16 July 2004, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands is to use its EU Presidency to encourage a debate on the 25-member bloc's basic values and morals.

16 July 2004

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands is to use its EU Presidency to encourage a debate on the 25-member bloc's basic values and morals.

At a meeting entitled "The Politics of European values", Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende will lead a discussion on the principles that underlie the EU and what these principles and values mean for European citizens.

Christian Democrat CDA party leader Balkenende hopes an exchange of ideas at the conference will stimulate moves to create a European policy in this area.

"Active citizenship is one of the key words," the Dutch government said in a statement published on the EU presidency website.

The meeting on 7 September will be the first of a series of conferences intended to bridge the gap between people working on European affairs on a daily basis and intellectuals.

The culmination of the programme will be a European intellectual summit entitled "A citizen for Europe", involving "prominent thinkers and influential political and societal figures."

The Dutch Presidency will present the results to the governments of the EU member states.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news + European Union

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