CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE
The Conference on the Future of Europe aspires to open a new space for debate with citizens to address Europe’s challenges and priorities. It is a bottom-up exercise, giving European citizens the opportunity and a platform for expressing their expectations from the European Union. In the context of the Conference, events and debates are organised at European, national, regional and local level in the entire EU through an interactive multilingual digital platform.
Following a series of negotiations between the three EU Institutions, the President of the European Parliament, Mr David Sassoli, the Prime Minister of Portugal on behalf of the Council, Mr António Costa, and the President of the European Commission, Ms Ursula von der Leyen, signed a common declaration at a ceremony which took place at the Plenary Chambers of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The proceedings of the Conference on the Future of Europe started on 9 May 2021, on Europe Day, with an inaugural event at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The Conference is expected to deliver conclusions by Spring 2022.
The Conference is placed under the auspices of the three EU Institutions, represented by the President of the European Parliament, the President of the Council and the President of the European Commission, acting as the Conference’s Joint Presidency. The Joint Presidency is supported by an Executive Board, which is co-chaired by the three EU Institutions.
Every citizen can participate in the debate by submitting ideas and by organising events. Information on how to participate in the Conference and on how to organise events can be found here.
For more detailed information we recommend that you take a look at the Common declaration on the Conference on the Future of Europe and visit the Digital Platform of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Below you can also watch a video of the inaugural event (in Greek) that was co-organised by the General Secretariat for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in association with the European Commission Representation and the Office of the European Parlaiment in Nicosia (on 1 June 2021), through which the dialogue for the Future of Europe was launched in Cyprus.