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Wednesday, 23. June 2021 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Save in my calendar

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Where’s Europe in...? (3/3) Solidarity and Mobility

MEP Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg with Ellen Ueberschär

Hours of traffic jams at the Czech-German border, hefty fines for Bavarians who cross the state "border" on a trip to Baden-Württemberg, holidays on Mallorca for Germans that remain closed for Spanish people - these are only few of the headlines that have dominated the topic of mobility in Covid-19 times in Germany. 

Yet, freedom of movement in lies at the heart of the European Union – a core value that allows all Europeans to travel, work and live and that has long been a reality across national borders. Sustainable mobility is key for a self-determined life, for a public space open to all citizens, and for a Europe that takes care of its climate.

Why is mobility a European issue? Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg and Ellen Ueberschär want to get to the bottom of these questions together:

  • What are the effects of the continuing restrictions of mobility in Europe in the context of solidarity?
  • Why is mobility, nationally, regionally and locally, always a European issue?
  • What do we need to implement a mobility transition in Germany that includes all its citizens - and is European at its core?


  • Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA Group
  • Dr. Ellen Ueberschär, President, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

The discussion is part of a new series "Where’s Europe in…?" that provides food for thought in a reality in which German and European policy can no longer be separated from each other:

Simultaneous interpretation German-English via Zoom and


Read our European Mobility Atlas 2021: Facts and Figures About Transport and Mobility in Europe, to learn more about best practices and policy recommendations to achieve a sustainable, inclusive and just mobility in the European Union, with a focus on railways, cycling, digitalisation, tackling the climate crisis and the impacts of COVID-19.


Nina Locher

Brussels/Berlin (CEST)
Part of the series
Wie viel Europa steckt drin?
➽ Online Event
Heinrich Böll Foundation - Headquarters Berlin
Simultaneous translation
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