Conference on the Future of Europe

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The Conference on the Future of Europe opened a new space for debate with citizens to address Europe’s challenges and priorities. It was a bottom-up exercise, in the context of which the European citizens had the opportunity, from April 2021 until May 2022, to express their expectations from the European Union, thus contributing in shaping the common future of the EU. In the context of the Conference, events and debates were 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, the Prime Minister of Portugal on behalf of the Council, and the President of the European Commission signed a common declaration at a ceremony which took place at the Plenary Chambers of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 10 March 2021.

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 officially came to a close, exactly a year later on 9 May 2022, on Europe Day, in Strasbourg. Its conclusions are presented in a final report.

The final report, which was delivered by the Co-Chairs of the Conference Executive Board to the Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and Commission, contains 49 proposals and more than 300 concrete measures. The proposals cover nine topics: climate change and the environment; health; a stronger economy, social justice and jobs; EU in the world; values and rights, rule of law, security; digital transformation; European democracy; migration; education, culture, youth and sport.

The aim is that the three EU Institutions follow up effectively on these proposals, each within their own spheres of competences and in accordance with the Treaties. To keep the citizens, who have participated in the Conference informed, a feedback event will be organised in the autumn of 2022.

For more detailed information we recommend that you visit the Digital Platform of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has (co) organised events, but has also participated in events organised by other bodies. It has co-organised and/or has participated in 6 events.