This page shows a selection of speakers at the Forum. For a full list of speakers please see the individual sessions in the programme.
Judith Sargentini is a member of the European Parliament. She represents the Dutch Green Party and coordinates the Green/EFA group in the civil liberties committee. In her view, if we would measure our wealth according to Gross National Happiness instead of Gross National Product, everybody would see how important fundamental rights are and what an advantage it is that the European Union protects these. Safety and predictability are crucial for our wellbeing. We can enjoy an education, go to court, join a club and speak our mind. Neither the asylum crisis nor a terrorist threat should lead to lowering our standards of our freedoms and fundamental rights. Questioning our nationality, cutting back on legal aid, criminalising our faith or judging our sharp tongue, or those of our neighbours and guests will eventually lower our score on the Gross National Happiness Index.