The Commission already announced the Conference on the Future of Europe with a Communication on 22 January 2020. It had to be postponed due to various reasons, but mostly due to the pandemic and its uncertainties. However, the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU and the EU Commission have announced its revival and various steps have already been implemented in order to be officially launched on the Day of Europe, next 9 May, and start with citizens’ participation before that date through the implementation of a digital platform.
On 10 March 2021, the President of the European Parliament, the Prime Minister of Portugal and the Commission’s President signed the Joint Declaration on the Conference on the Future of Europe, a series of debates to enable every European citizen to share their ideas about the way ahead.
The Executive Board (Parliament, Council and Commission) has met on 24 March and will meet again on 7 April at the European Parliament. The official launch of the Conference has been announced for next 9 May, the Day of Europe, in Strasbourg.
On 10 May the first Conference Plenary will take place, depending on the public health conditions.
The debates will focus on eight categories: climate change, health, jobs and economy, EU in the world, freedom and rights, digital, EU democracy, and other ideas (the latter to allow citizens to come up with further topics).
A multilingual Digital Platform will be launched on 19 April to ensure that citizens, civil society organisations and other participants can start contributing without delay.
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