Cross party support for Future Generations agenda

On the dawn of the new political cycle, a cross party group of MEPs calls the European Council to act and put Future Generations high on the political agenda for the next five years.

Intergenerational justice is high on the agenda in the EU and beyond: In September 2023, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) committed to adopting a Declaration on Future Generations, which will culminate in the UN Summit of the Future in September 2024 likely electing a UN Special Envoy for Future Generations for the first time.

A cross party group of Members of European Parliament is calling the European Council to make a similar move: declare the importance of intergenerational justice in the Strategic Agenda and subsequently support the establishment of a Future Generations Commissioner with the next political mandate of the Commission.

Damian BOESELAGER (Greens), Saskia BRICMONT (Greens), Carlos COELHO (EPP), Ciarán CUFFE (Greens), Anna Júlia DONÁTH (Renew), Francisco GUERREIRO (Greens), Alessandra MORETTI (S&D), Peter LIESE (EPP) formed a cross party group to bring attention to the consensus in their party manifestos end express that many of our current political challenges are inherently intergenerational and has to be addressed with a commitment to long-term, consistent, science-based political solutions.

The MEPs remind that intergenerational solidarity is already an important element in the Lisbon Treaty and they urge lawmakers in the next political cycle to develop the rights of Future Generations further. They welcome the Fit for Future Generations NGO coalition to campaign for such an agenda and call all lawmakers and civil society to join forces in implementing it, starting with the establishment of a Commissioner for Future Generations.

We provide the open letter on request in many European languages.

UPDATE: Since the publication of this open letter, the following Members of European Parliament expressed their support for the requests in this letter: