Two years after French President Macron proposed a Conference on the Future of Europe, the then elected European Parliament gave its consent to the joint declaration on 4 March 2021. Last week, the presidents of the Parliament, the Council and the Commission signed the declaration and set the long-expected conference in motion. The EU institutions agreed on some key points: The conference will start on 9 May 2021 and should last until spring 2022. A joint presidency will oversee it, while a co-chaired executive board will be responsible for managing the conference and deciding the unresolved questions.
These questions include some very important aspects: The number of delegates to the conference is not defined. There is no agreement on how the deliberative citizens' panel will be organised. It remains unclear what the promise “to follow up on the recommendations made by the conference” will mean in practice. The European civil society lacks a forum to participate in the conference. The executive board must solve these issues as soon as possible as the timeframe is limited.
To discuss the set-up of the conference and what needs to be done to make it a success story, we are pleased to invite you to our discussion on
18 March from 10.30 – 11.30 (CET) with
Domènec Ruiz Devesa, MEP
Claire Mellier, Facilitator & Independent Researcher
Julian Plottka, Institute for European Politics
Please register here: https://brussels.fes.de/events/event-registration
Here you can find more information on the FES project on the CoFoE.