Carrying on a legacy of peacemaking

Jean Monnet Dialogues for peace and democracy

Old black and white photo of the exterior of the Jean Monnet house in Bazoches-sur-Gyonne, France

Jean Monnet house in France© European Union (1987) - European Parliament

Jean Monnet Dialogues for peace and democracy are often held at the historic Jean Monnet House in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France.
The Jean Monnet Dialogue for Peace and Democracy is an instrument developed by the European Parliament as a soft power tool in the area of parliamentary mediation and dialogue.

Historical connections

Named after one of the founders of the EU and a strong supporter of European Unity, the Jean Monnet Dialogue was launched in October 2016 at Monnet's own house in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne.

The house's location, far from the media and political spotlight of Brussels and national capitals, encourages political leaders to focus on reaching consensus, and on institutional reforms and key policies.

The process


The Jean Monnet Dialogue is a mediation and dialogue process.

The dialogue is inspired by Jean Monnet's working method and encourages pragmatic dialogue to achieve concrete, consensual results.

Parliament's Jean Monnet Dialogue is not a series of "single issue conferences". It is rather a process made of a cycle of preparatory consultations with political leaders leading to an in camera meeting with concrete outcomes and a follow-up on the commitments made during the dialogues.

The rules

An important precondition for success is the agreement of all parties involved regarding the topics to be discussed, the methodology and nine rules of engagement that govern the dialogue.

The nine rules are the following:
  1. Mediation principles will apply if needed.
  2. Every political party engages on equal terms.
  3. Zero is not an option.
  4. Nothing is ruled in or ruled out in advance.
  5. Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.
  6. No media communication until there is a concrete outcome.
  7. Pre-existing proposals, motions or draft laws should not be submitted.
  8. If there is a political agreement on a topic, a drafting methodology will apply.
  9. Any agreed common draft can then be submitted jointly by the parties.
With the Jean Monnet Dialogue, the European Parliament strengthens the ability of political leaders to develop true inter-party dialogue and to build the consensus necessary for generating a democratic parliamentary culture and trust.

The Dialogue complements traditional capacity-building programmes and contributes to institutional reform processes. It also provides platform political group leaders with a dialogue to seek consensus on national priority policies.

Focusing on specific countries

During the European Parliament's 2014-2019 legislature, the Jean Monnet Dialogue has been successfully applied within the framework of Parliament's cooperation with the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, and with the parliament of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Jean Monnet Dialogue with the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

The Jean Monnet Dialogue methodology was first used to support of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

The process started in 2015 against the difficult backdrop of instability, conflict in the east of the country, a struggle against corruption and the need for wider institutional reforms.

Since then, several dialogues have been held in different locations, leading to consensus agreements that have been implemented in the Rada.

Background

27-29 October 2016: 1st Jean Monnet Dialogue with the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

18-19 April 2017: 2nd Jean Monnet Dialogue with the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

22-24 November 2017: 3rd Jean Monnet Dialogue with the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

25-27 March 2018: 4th Jean Monnet Dialogue with the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Jean Monnet Dialogue with the Sobranie of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The Jean Monet Dialogue process was applied to the Sobranie with the support of the European Parliament, represented by MEPS Eduard Kukan, Knut Fleckenstein and Ivo Vajgl, who had been instrumental in establishing the Pržino Agreement.

The Dialogue is therefore an important element of the EU's overall engagement with the country's accession process.

The first Jean Monnet Dialogue with the Sobranie took place on 18-19 May 2018 in Ohrid.

Background

17-18 May 2018: 1st Jean Monnet Dialogue with the Sobranie