"For the first time in 15 years of tracking by GlobeScan, findings indicate that nearly one in two people (49%) surveyed across 14 tracking countries see themselves more as global citizens than citizens of their country."
As citizens of one country, people are always connected in many ways to citizens of other countries. The history of mankind tells of the fact that, in relation to border demarcations, we ultimately deal with fictions that always remain in motion. With this in mind, it is important to deal constructively with current interstate connections and conflicts.
The European Union maintains a wide range of relations with third countries and communities of states. In various committees and delegations, Parliament and its Members maintain relations with other parliaments and state representatives.
In the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), which helps to determine the EU's common foreign and security policy, I can make my contribution as a substitute member. One of the committee's objectives, and a particular focus of my work, is to closely monitor whether 'democracy, the rule of law and human rights are guaranteed in agreements between the EU and third countries'.
As Vice-Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Pan-African Parliament (DPAP) , my role is to ensure that the European Parliament develops coherent approaches to implement the new EU-Africa Strategy. The main objective is to achieve measurable results within the framework of the four common political priorities, namely the promotion of sustainable development, education and technology, resilience and decent migration management. A joint parliamentary assembly is held at least once a year.
In addition, as a member of the delegation to the Cariforum-EU Parliamentary Committee and as a substitute member of the delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, I have the opportunity to help shape various EU partnerships.