ZDH expectations on the European elections 2019

Foto: European Union 2018/Sebastian BOZON

The German skilled crafts organisation benefits from the EU single market: No borders, no custom duties, a common currency, freedom of goods, services and persons, a common infrastructure, mutual recognition of standards, etc. A lot of these easements are taken for granted, both by people and enterprises across the EU. However, indifference and even scepticism towards the European project increases.

Together in Diversity

The upcoming term of the European Parliament will be crucial. It will be of utmost importance to get the European citizens on board. They need to believe in Europe and its common goals. It is important that Europe creates solutions for the prominent challenges ahead, instead of creating additional problems. The EU’s priorities need to be set along the lines of a safe, liveable and responsible Europe. These must be reflected in the EU’s priorities and must be executed on all levels. With this in mind, the German skilled crafts organisation formulates its expectations to the 9th European Parliament, which was elected from May 23rd to May 26th 2019.

The election results were as follows: Conservative EPP (strongest group with 182 seats), social democratic S&D (154), liberal Renew Europe (formerly ALDE, 108), Greens (74) and the Left (41). The new right wing Group Identity and Democracy, which includes the German AfD, comprises 73 deputees.

On July 3rd, the European Parliament elected MEP David-Maria Sassoli (S&D) as President for a term of at least 2,5 years. 

The skilled crafts expectations are focused on these subjects:  

  1. The future of the European Union
  2. Better regulation – a new approach for EU legislation
  3. The competitiveness of small- and medium-sized enterprises in Europe
  4. A European single market for enterprises
  5. Skilled workers and vocational education
  6. A practical climate and environment policy
  7. Regional economy

What the EU Commission needs to focus on