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Conference on the Future of Europe 2020-2022 Published: 29.01.2021

16 July 2019, Ursula von der Leyen, the then candidate for the position of the European Commission President, presented in the European Parliament a proposal to organise a conference on the future of Europe, the idea developed subsequently in her political guidelines for the next Commission. The EC plan of January 2020 is based on the principle that the conference will be a bottom-up forum accessible to civil society, national, regional and local authorities, parliaments and other stakeholders. Commission proposes to organise the Conference along two parallel strands: the first focusing on the main issues defined in the Commission's six political priorities and the European Council's Strategic Agenda, the second focusing on democratic processes and institutional matters.

Contributions to the debate were submitted by the European Parliament, European Council and the EU Council, research centres and academia. The discussion concerned first of all concept and goals of the Conference, as well as its structure, mandate and timing. Deliberations covered also the scope of participation of national parliaments, the organisation of the citizens' contributions and the way of ensuring the effective follow-up of what will be agreed by the Conference.

EU institutions submitted their contributions or started the debate:

  • European Parliament: resolution of 15 January 2020 (2019/2990(RSP)), resolution of 18 June 2020 (2020/2657(RSP)),
  • European Commission: communication COM(2020) 27, 27 January 2020,
  • European Council: Conclusions on the general approach to the Conference on the Future of Europe, 12 December 2019,
  • Council of the EU: position as agreed at the Coreper, 24 June 2020.

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission discuss currently the final form of the Conference's mandate which should be adopted as a Joint Declaration.

On 30 November 2020, the chairpersons of 34 Committees for EU Affairs of national parliaments/chambers signed, on the initiative of the German Presidency, the letter addressed to EU institutions in which they express their hope for the earliest possible launch of the Conference and appeal to be appropriately involved in its preparation and its various fora.

In December 2020, the Joint Committee on EU Affairs of the Irish Parliament published its proposals and recommendations for the Conference on the Future of Europe.

The attached file includes references to basic documents, and information and on-line debates concerning the Conference. pdf

Key words: European Union, deepening of the EU, EU policies, institutional reform, national parliament