EIN’s core operations are prepared by its six Working Groups:
- Future of Europe
- Transatlantic Relations
- Human Dignity and Bioethics
- SME - Circle
They contribute to the organisation of seminars, production of policy briefings, and preparation of the EIN Summer University. Working Groups are in contact with the EPP Group coordinators, to ensure cohesion between the work of the EIN and the needs of the EPP Group MEPs. Each Working Group is led by a Chairperson.
The Future of Europe aims to lead a discussion on the best possible way in the process leading to the EU integration according to the different models proposed by the EU Member States and institutions. Nowadays, the European values face various challenges. Nevertheless, it is also time to regain focus and control in our core values.
Europe and its allies have to mobilise the political backbone and develop assertive answers to face the current threats and challenges that otherwise, we will not be able to overcome. Domestic frustrations, such as politics, economy and demography are all fast changing factors that require decision-makers, as well as our society to, in shorter periods, reflect and react upon such changes. Europe needs to take a realistic approach about the magnitude of our new challenges from all sides of the world.
This Working Group is chaired by Paulo Rangel.
The EU is a prosperous democratic agent society. It is not strange that many people aim to chance in life and want to settle in our Member States. On one hand, it is the tradition of the EU Member States to be open and welcoming societies and not only in terms of refugees. Recent developments have nevertheless, forced and encourage outstanding numbers of foreigners to enter our borders beyond our financial possibilities of help and the ability of our societies and strategies to integrate them. On the other hand, not always those who are coming want to respect our European values.
One of the first priorities for Europe should be using all the economic and human potential for peace and prosperity that will benefit Europe and its neighbours. In order to combat the migrant crisis, it is not only important to deal with the consequences and problems that arise from this situation, but also to fight the main cause. To support partners that are undertaking reforms, as well as promoting democratic values, the rule of law and the protection of human rights (values that characterise the European way of life) is the right path to reach prosperity and stability in the affected regions.
This Working Group is chaired by Roberta Metsola.
The population in the EU faces several challenges posed by demographic changes as well as migratory crisis simultaneously. Most of the Member States have a rapidly ageing population, experiencing a severe decline in birth rates, thus creating a recipe for rapid population decline and pressuring EU countries’ financial balances.
The Demography Working Group is chaired by György Schöpflin.
The EU-US relationship is a core value in our world and history has proven that we are stronger together by bringing prosperity and growth on a global level. This relationship flourishes opportunities on an economic, political and cultural level and it influences the overall economic development world affairs.
Although the EU-US relationship is not always on the same page, we share common democratic values, human rights and rule of law based societies, as well as strategic interest in mutual prosperity and security which is what we should endeavour to preserve. The undergoing transformation of the international system and the challenges we face further, highlight the importance of the transatlantic relationship in ensuring peace, security and stability. We want to reinforce our partnership to shape the 21st century together.
The Transatlantic Relations Working Group is chaired by Mairead McGuiness.
European values promote the freedom of the individual and the protection of human dignity. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations states that all human beings were born free and equal in dignity and rights and, therefore, have the right to be valued, respected and treated ethically. In a broader context, it is up to the European Union to adopt a way of life that promotes the respect for the Human Rights of all citizens, always acting accordingly with the values that have been fulfilled, which allow to tackle situations of great violations, in terms of slavery, persecution, among others.
On the other hand, the debate could also be extended to the bioethical viewpoint. One of the European values is also the protection of human life, so in matters of bioethics, for example with regard to voluntary interruption of pregnancy or the right to euthanasia, inconsistencies may arise between the moral behaviour to be adopted in the light of these requests and the judicial obligations of health professionals.
The Human Dignity and Bioethics Working Group is chaired by Miroslav Mikolasik.
Entrepreneurship is the backbone of a market economy. People that take over risks and try to realise their ideas are driving forces of jobs, innovation and wealth creation. Start-ups represent the upcoming digitalised side of entrepreneurship. Ultimately, the goal is to prepare start-ups on focusing on appropriate policies to help them grow, flourish and become the SMEs of tomorrow.The Social Market Economy as centre-right approach of the economic and social order provided the promise of "wealth for all" and a broad participation of all societal classes on the fruits of market economy. SMEs have a prospect: to drive innovation and promote a powerful economic impact across business sectors by generating jobs.
The SME - Circle Working Group is chaired by Marcus Pieper.