What is the 'Conference on the Future of Europe'?

The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) is a proposal of the European Commission and the European Parliament, announced in the end of 2019, with the aim of looking at the medium to long term future of the EU and what reforms should be made to its policies and institutions. Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, European Parliament President, David Sassoli, and Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, signed the Joint Declaration on 10 March 2021.

 

The preparation of the Conference will follow three steps:

 

  1. Elaboration of the concept, structure, timing and scope with Parliament and Council;
  2. Design of a means to ensure that citizens participate as much as possible, including by fostering online participation for younger people;
  3. Making sure that appropriate follow-up is provided to the actions agreed by the Conference.

 

Informative readings and documents about the CoFoE:

The Joint declaration on the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Factsheet about the Roll-out of the CoFoE.

Factsheet about the multilingual digital platform of the CoFoE. Read also more information about it here.

The briefing by the European Parliamentary Research Service.

The timeline from the signing of the joint declaration in March 2021.

 

Next Steps:

The inaugural Plenary meeting of the CoFoE was held in Strasbourg on the 19th of June. The European Citizens’ Panels will convene in September and October based on citizens’ contributions collected via the Platform. European Citizens’ Panels are a key feature of the CofoE. The Panels give citizens a greater role in shaping the Union’s future policies and ambitions. A representative sample of 800 citizens will meet and discuss the future of Europe to come up with policy recommendations on the main topics addressed on the Conference’s digital, multilingual Platform. More information here.

3 sessions of at least 2 days each per panel, from September to January 2022 are planned for the European Citizens’ Panels.

The next Plenary session for the CoFoE is scheduled for 22-23 October.

Please find more information here.

EU Institutions’ Positions on the Conference on the Future of Europe

European Commission: Read the last European Commission’s Press release from the 19 June 2021 and official Communication from the 22 January 2020 (available in all EU languages).

European Parliament: Read the last European Parliament’s Press release from the 19 June 2021, Read more about the latest updates on MEPs’ involvement in the Conference and the two texts about the European Parliament’s position on the Conference from January 2020 (available in all EU languages) and from June 2020 (available in all EU languages).

Council of the European Union: Read the last Council’s Press releases from the 24 June 2020 and 5 march 2021, find out more about the latest Council’s position, and read about the Joint Declaration on the Conference approved by the Council on 5 March 2021.

European Committee of Regions: Read about the European Committee of Regions’ Resolution on the Conference and find out more about its delegation.

Economic and Social Committee: Read more about the latest EESC Resolution on the Conference (April 2021) and the latest planned activities for the Conference (April 2021).

 

Read more about the Positions of EU Institutions thanks to the updated table by Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Johannes Greubel of the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels, entitled Positions of EU Institutions – Comprehensive summary of key elements.

 

Interesting readings

Read more about the Conference on the Future of Europe here.