European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all

Common statement signed by 177 European and national Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions, ahead of the EU27 Summit in Bratislava on 16 September 2016.

Europe is at a crossroads, and the future of European cooperation and the benefits it brings are at stake. This is about the future of our society and how we want to be viewed by the wider world. The future of our planet and the kind of Europe our children will grow up in.

The current crisis highlights the urgent need to reflect on fundamental questions: how do we ensure that the European project reclaims its promise of peace, democracy and solidarity? How can Europe work for its people? 

Too many people across Europe are dissatisfied and disillusioned with the European Union and feel remote from its institutions and policies. But there are groups of committed politicians, trade unions, community groups and non-governmental organisations across Europe who are ready to take action and work for a renewed Europe. Together, we can shape a Europe that is inclusive, open, just, sustainable, and that works for people of all ages, social backgrounds and nations. 

Where do we go from here to build the Europe we want and need? 

  • Reject populist solutions 
  • Tackle challenges together 
  • Fight for a sustainable, social Europe for people and for our planet 
  • Work for better Europe, not less Europe 
  • Listen and engage 
  • Make the case for Europe 

The full statement text and a list of the 177 signatories (including ILGA-Europe) is available here.