Endorsement by the EU

The Star of European Unity mission has been endorsed by the Members of the European Parliament with the EU-UK Friendship Group as a means of keeping UK citizens engaged with the work of the European Parliament, and vice versa.

Unveiling the UK’s Star of European Unity at the European Parliament on May 18th 2022.
Terry Reintke introduces Phil Jeanes to comment on Our Star’s creation.

Subsequent to the unveiling and lengthy discussions with the many MEPs present, Our Star was donated to stand within the European Parliament as a permanent symbol and place holder for the UK’s return to the European Union. They promised to look after it and support our efforts to reverse the UK’s detachment.

The EU-UK Friendship Group of the European Parliament – a brief history

Following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, four Members of the European Parliament – Katarina Barley, Nathalie Loiseau, Terry Reintke and Radosław Sikorski – decided to establish the UK Friendship Group. Non-partisan, hence open to all MEPs and former British MEPs, the EU-UK Friendship Group is dedicated to maintaining strong links between citizens both from the EU and the UK.

Through regular exchange and various events, the UK Friendship Group gives a space for debate to citizens, experts, civil society and politicians on subjects that matter both to EU and UK citizens regarding their rights, their future, and the future relationship.

At the outset, MEP Terry Reintke was interviewed in Eurostreet News on 26thApril 2020 and explained the purpose of the EU-UK Friendship Group in future EU debate:

. . . in the context of the Conference on the Future of Europe. . . . I hope UK citizens will be part of the discussion on the future of the EU. There has been such a broad debate about the EU in the UK over the past years that we should take it on board in the context of the Conference.  We will certainly fight for the UK to get involved.”

Unfortunately involvement didn’t happen until now, as the Star’s mission launches to discuss the outputs of the Conference.

Conference on the Future of the EU

The initial announcement of the Conference on the Future of the EU was made by the EU Commission on 22nd January 2020.

The Conference was a new public forum for an open, inclusive and transparent debate established by the three EU institutions (Parliament, Council and Commission) as a bottom-up forum accessible to people from all corners of the Union. Other institutions, national Parliaments, social partners, regional and local authorities and civil society were also invited and joined in the work.

The main part of the work focussed on EU priorities and what the Union sought to achieve on behalf of its citizens including:

  • the fight against climate change and environmental challenges
  • an economy that works for people
  • social fairness and equality
  • Europe’s digital transformation
  • promoting our European values and ideals
  • strengthening the EU’s voice in the world
  • as well as building upon the Union’s democratic foundations

The results and outputs from the Conference became available in May 2022 and summary can be read here. The full details can be found on the Conference website: https://futureu.europa.eu/?locale=en