With this mail you are invited to mark your calendars and save the date for the next 35th EGP Council meeting to be held in Riga, Latvia, on 3-5 June 2022.
We are living through unprecedented times. Not only have we faced the COVID-19 crisis and more alarming news about the climate crisis this year, but we are now facing war on the European continent.
For the first time, the foundations of post-war Europe – which have granted us the European Union and its unique area of peace and democracy – are being challenged. At the same time, a change in the political landscape has slowly been occurring in the last decade: iron-fisted autocratic rulers have unfortunately gained ground and far-right ideology has entered the political mainstream.
As Europe is entering a new paradigm, we must be open, as a political family, to challenge our own assumptions and stay open to discussions around critical questions. In the next Council we will be discussing our defence and security policy, including our policies on humanitarian support, welcoming refugees, the importance of cybersecurity and the role of disinformation, as well as the evolution of the NATO alliance.
Due to the energy crisis and its threat to our sovereignty, we are placing special attention on energy this Council. To ensure our peace and security, we must make pragmatic choices now whilst also working towards our long-term vision for the future of Europe. At the same time, our fight against climate catastrophe and for climate justice must continue to be at the forefront of our priorities.
We will also engage actively in a debate on the upcoming European parliament elections in 2024, including our approach towards transnational lists. More than ever, the Greens have an opportunity to provide solutions to emerging problems and shape the future of a more democratic, fair, and united Europe.
We look forward to sharing more information with you about the 35th European Green Party Council in the coming weeks. We already encourage all Green party members and delegates to save the date and join us in Riga on 3-5 June 2022!
EGP Secretary General