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13 May 2024 | 3 minutes

What can we expect after the European elections?

On June 6, the Netherlands will elect the 31 members who will serve in the European Parliament for the next five years. The choice of MEPs will leave an important mark on the main themes and challenges for the coming EU period. What can we expect? What will be the main themes in the coming term? 

What can we expect after the European elections?

Geopolitical tensions
Conflicts and political instability in countries near and far from Europe, such as in Ukraine or in the Middle East, have direct and indirect consequences for the EU. Tensions lead to economic sanctions, military involvement, and diplomatic efforts that regularly transcend the individual interests of member states. 


The EU must find a way to provide humanitarian aid, organize border security, and ensure a fair distribution of asylum seekers among member states. These issues are complex because of the different perspectives and capacities of member states to receive refugees. Especially with a victory of the populist right on the horizon, there will be more pressure to create and implement effective European policies.


With the urgency of climate change becoming increasingly apparent, addressing this issue will be one of the priorities for the new European Parliament and the European Commission. The European Green Deal, launched in the recent period, will need to be further developed and implemented. Creating sustainable agriculture plays a crucial role in achieving climate goals, as the agricultural sector has a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity conservation. European policymakers will seek a greater emphasis on environmentally friendly agricultural practices and investment in green technologies.


The EU’s economy and economic position will be a major theme in the coming reign. In the past period, everything around COVID-19 played an important role. In the coming period, it will be about growth. Investments in innovation, digitalization and infrastructure will be promoted to strengthen member states’ economies. At the same time, there will be a focus on reducing economic inequality and promoting inclusive growth so that all Europeans can benefit from the recovery. Trade policy, and in particular how the EU should relate to China, will also be frequent agenda items in Brussels and Strasbourg.


With increasing geopolitical tensions, defense and security will remain high on the agenda. European leaders will seek to strengthen EU defense capabilities and further cooperation among member states in this area. This may include promoting joint defense projects, increasing defense spending and strengthening the European defense industry. In addition, the EU will seek a more active role on the world stage, especially in crisis management and conflict prevention. How the EU will seek a more active role on the world stage and how it will continue to relate to NATO, is also an interesting subject. 


The digital transformation will drive economic growth and innovation in Europe, and it is crucial that the EU maintains and strengthens its position as a world leader in high-tech. European policymakers will focus on promoting digital innovation, strengthening cybersecurity and regulating the digital market. Investment in sectors such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and biotechnology will be promoted to strengthen European competitiveness and ensure technological sovereignty.


Result important
The outcome of the elections will be a crucial indicator of the political direction of Europe from 2024-2029 and the level of support for European integration. If Eurosceptic parties make significant gains, which is undeniably the case according to the polls, this will undoubtedly make the pro-European parties’ pursuit of a more united Europe less close.


The first 100 days
After the elections, the European puppet circus will soon erupt. During the summer, more will become clear about what the new European Commission will look like. After the summer, hearings with the candidates will take place in the European Parliament. As a company or organization, it is important to “be there” on time. The first hundred days of a new European Commissioner are crucial to make a mark on policy and priorities for the coming term. During this period, strategies are set and annual plans are forged. Like new CEOs in business, these first days are often seen as an opportunity to quickly exert influence and set a clear direction. Of course, newly elected MEPs will also be looking for stakeholder input during and after the summer to position themselves on the policy issues that are important to them.

In order to influence the agenda of the new MEPs and the new Euro Commissioners, it is important to define your strategy in the coming weeks.


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