The Commission promised the Conference on the Future of Europe at the European Parliament at the end of 2019, and already announced it with a Communication on 22 January 2020. It had to be postponed due to various reasons, but mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its uncertainties.
However, the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU and the EU Commission announced its revival with various steps in order to be officially launched on 9 May, the Day of Europe, 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) met on 24 March and on 7 April at the European Parliament. The inaugural event of the Conference took place on 9 May, the Day of Europe, in Strasbourg, and this is the speech by President von der Leyen. The Board approved on 9 May the Rules of Procedure to set out the composition of the Plenary and the way it will work.
The debates will focus on ten categories: climate change, health, jobs and economy, EU in the world, freedom and rights, digital, EU democracy, migration, education/culture/youth/sport, and other ideas (the latter to allow citizens to come up with further topics).
A multilingual Digital Platform was launched on 19 April to ensure that citizens, civil society organizations, and other participants could start contributing without delay. If you are planning an event, we recommend you register it on this platform.
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