MEP Marietje Schaake on the European Parliament’s Present and Future

Our first event of 2018 is here!

On the 2nd of February, Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE) will join EUSA to talk about her work and share her views on the future of the European Parliament.

Ms Schaake has been a member of the Parliament since 2009 and focusses on topics such as international trade and the digital single market. During her visit, Ms Schaake will firstly reflect on her day-to-day activities within the Parliament and shed light on the topics she deals with.

Afterwards, the discussion will turn to the institution itself. The aftermath of the Brexit vote and the 2019 European elections have set in motion discussions across the EU about the future of the European Parliament. How can we strengthen the connection between European citizens and the Parliament’s daily activities? Shouldn’t we be able to vote for European, rather than national parties? And what to do with the 73 seats which will remain once Britain leaves the EU?

We look forward to welcome you all to this interesting discussion, taking place on the 2nd of February, from 16:30 to 18:30, at KOG (Law Faculty Building) in the Grotiuszaal (A051).

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/944520952368350/

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EUSA’s new Treasurer: David Naus

IMG_8348Meet EUSA’s Treasurer for 2017/2018!

Name: David Naus

Studies: History

Function: Treasurer

David Naus: “The European Union, a project hitherto unrivaled on the world theater in its ability to interlock sovereign states in an economic and political union has been one of my greatest interests for as long as I can remember. So, it is a great honour for me to be able to join the next board of EUSA. My first-ever experience with European integration was back in December 2001. A month before the Euro’s official introduction as the new currency, the Dutch government gave all its citizens a blue book encased with 25 guilders worth of Euro’s. After I proudly opened my new book it dawned me that I was witnessing something significant. I was little at that time, but I knew that the Yugoslavian Wars ended just a month before. This new currency seemed momentous because multiple European nations had just been at each other’s throats and now twelve other European nations decided to come together in pursuit of some sort of higher goal. From that moment on I wanted to know more about his magnanimous project that is the European Union.

This union celebrated its sixtieth birthday this March and we all need to take stock. Has the intrinsic duality of a supranational and intergovernmental superstate given the EU a prospect of exponential growth or is it holding further European integration back with its rigid bureaucracy? In which way is the internal European market a valuable resource of sustainable economic growth and when do member states deem it necessary to accept the authority of EU institutions of law above their own? All these questions are relevant in understanding and debating the European Union, the place that 510 million people call home. The board of 2017-2018 is going to organize a great year, with interesting speakers, debates and numerous other EU-related activities. I invite all the current and future members to join in, discuss and learn more about the European Union.”

Would you like to join David in the new EUSA board? You can still apply for the functions Secretary, EUSA Ambassador and Student Parliament Coordinator. More information about the positions: eusaleiden.com/the-board/. Apply now by sending your cv and motivation to eusaleiden@gmail.com!

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