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Conference on the Future of Europe Published: 30.07.2021

10 March 2021, the Presidents of three institutions, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, signed the joint declaration specifying the final shape and mandate of the Conference: Joint declaration on the Conference on the Future of Europe.

19 April 2021, a multilingual digital platform of the Conference was launched: Official website of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

9 May 2021, the official inauguration of the Conference took place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

19 June 2021, first plenary session of the Conference was held.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Conference on the Future of Europe, June 2021

MAIN PRINCIPLES. The proposal for establishing the conference has been presented by Ursula von der Leyen in July 2019, in the European Parliament. The goal of the Conference has been defined as a new push for the European democracy through organisation of the debate involving citizens, especially young Europeans, from all walks of life and corners of the Union, to address Europe’s challenges and priorities. The Union institutions jointly commit to listen to Europeans and to follow up on the recommendations made by Conference.  

STRUCTURES AND WORKING METHODS. The Conference will work under the Joint Presidency of the Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission. The Executive Board includes representatives of the EP, the Council and the Commission (3 representatives and 4 observers from each institution), presidential troika of COSAC as observer as well as other observers. The Executive Board is responsible for taking decisions by consensus regarding the works of the Conference, prepares the plenary meetings, including the citizens’ input and their follow-up. The work of the Executive Board is assisted by common secretariat.

The Conference will work at the plenary sessions (at least every six months) and will be composed of representatives from three institutions, national parliaments, on an equal footing and citizens. The Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Committee, the social partners, and civil society will also be represented.

It is foreseen to organise representative European and national citizens’ panels, which will provide input to the plenary sessions.

Input from all Conference-related events will be published throughout the Conference via a multilingual digital platform.

FINAL OUTCOME. The results of the Conference will be presented to the Joint Presidency in a report, which is expected during the French EU Council Presidency in the first half of 2022.

THEMATIC SCOPE. The topics discussed should be connected to the Strategic Agenda of the European Council, the 2019-2024 Political Guidelines of the Commission and the challenges brought about by Covid-19 pandemic, and will cover amongst other: health, climate change, social fairness, digital transformation, European rights and values, including the rule of law, migration challenges, security, the EU’s role in the world, ways to strengthen democratic processes governing the EU. Discussions can also cover better regulation, application of subsidiarity and proportionality, implementation of the EU’s acquis and transparency. Citizens are free to raise additional issues.

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