Conference on the Future of Europe

17 Sep: Conference on the Future of Europe: citizens in the spotlight

(Source: European Commission)

The first of four European Citizens’ Panels starts its work with a session in Strasbourg from Friday, 17 September to Sunday, 19 September 2021.

The Panels lie at the heart of the Conference on the Future of Europe and will bring together 800 citizens from all backgrounds and corners of the EU. From September 2021 to January 2022, four panels, each comprising 200 citizens, reflecting the EU’s demographic and social diversity will deliberate and make concrete recommendations on the future direction they want for Europe. At least one third of the participants in each panel will be …

19 Jun: Speech of the President of the European Committee of the Regions, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, at the inaugural session of the Plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe

(Source: European Committee of Regions)

“I would like to start by thanking the co-chairs for their exceptional work and their great support.

Dear colleagues, I am here on behalf of the 1 million regionally and locally elected politicians and the 300 regions and 90.000 municipalities of Europe.

Dear friends, it is thanks to the European Union today that we breathe a cleaner air, that we consume high quality products, that we have better equipped hospitals and digitalised schools and public services.

But if you ask today an average citizen of Europe if he or she feels and if he or …

19 Jun: Conference on the Future of Europe: Plenary meets for the first time

(Source: European Parliament)

On Saturday 19 June, the inaugural Plenary meeting of the Conference on the Future of Europe was held in Strasbourg.

Today’s Plenary marks another important moment in the life of the Conference – an unprecedented, open and inclusive European democratic exercise.

Following opening statements by the Co-Chairs of the Executive Board, representatives – including citizens – discussed the purpose and expectations of the Conference, comprising the European Citizens’ Panels, the National Panels and events, and the Multilingual Digital Platform. The “Lisbon European Citizens’ Event”, organised on 17 June in Portugal, was also welcomed by the Co-Chairs.

The second part …

19 May: “A new push for Democracy”, priority number 6, should it not have been the first priority for the Union?

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz.News team 

“A new push for European democracy” is the sixth priority of the European Commission. Democracy and democratic values being the founding principles of the European Union, it could be suggested that these should have been the Commission’s first considerations.

The recent survey Special Eurobarometer 500 which gathered the views of European citizens ahead of the Conference on the future of Europe, the flagship initiative for priority number 6, highlights, without any doubt, that Europe’s citizens are not happy with the current status quo of the Union, inferring that they do …

17 May: Three quarters of Europeans do not like the European Union we have now

Editor Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

‘Putting citizens at the heart of any considerations regarding the future of the European Union must be the key to a success existence’, you would expect the EU institutions to be thinking, and, to a degree, that is what they are saying they will do. Making it happen in practice may however be more of a challenge. 

A Special Eurobarometer 500 study was commissioned by the EU Parliament and the EU Commission ahead of the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Conference of the future of Europe by the …

14 May: Time for leadership, delegation, communication, responsibility and accountability

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Almost two years into a five year mandate, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen is expected to deliver a strong State of the Union presentation by September this year. She has less than 3 months to prepare that speech and ready her troops for battle by proving that they have left no stones unturned in their desire to rejuvenate a somewhat lethargic European Union. 

Proposed as the first woman President of the European Union, Ursula von der Leyen took office as President of the European Commission …

11 May: “Time to open up to citizens”: Conference on the Future of Europe launched

(Source: European Parliament)

The Conference on the Future of Europe was officially launched on 9 May with a ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The Conference aims to allow Europeans to share their ideas of Europe and formulate proposals for future EU policies.

The inaugural event was the focal point of Europe Day celebrations and followed the launch of the multilingual digital platform of the Conference in April that will collect all contributions and facilitate debate.

French President Emmanuel Macron, European Parliament President David Sassoli, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke at the ceremony in the …

11 May: “Time to open up to citizens”: Conference on the Future of Europe launched

(Source: European Parliament)

The Conference on the Future of Europe was officially launched on 9 May with a ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The Conference aims to allow Europeans to share their ideas of Europe and formulate proposals for future EU policies.

The inaugural event was the focal point of Europe Day celebrations and followed the launch of the multilingual digital platform of the Conference in April that will collect all contributions and facilitate debate.

French President Emmanuel Macron, European Parliament President David Sassoli, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke at the ceremony in the …

10 May: Conference on the Future of Europe: inaugural event in Strasbourg

(Source: EU Commission)

The inaugural event celebrated the launch of the participatory process set up jointly by Parliament, Council and Commission.

On Europe Day 2021, the European Parliament in Strasbourg hosted the inaugural event of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Celebrating Europe Day

The Presidents of the EU institutions delivered speeches on their vision for Europe, following a welcome speech by President Macron, while the Co-Chairs of the Executive Board answered questions posed by citizens from across EU Member States. Erasmus students from across the EU, together with members of the Conference’s Executive Board were physically present, fully …