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The Conference on the Future of Europe: what to expect?

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The conference on the future of Europe is intended to give citizens the chance to voice their opinions about the EU’s fields of action. It should also address key institutional improvements, most notably the appointment of the Commission president and the issue of transnational lists, ahead of the European Parliament elections in 2024.

Despite the hype, numerous postponements and the lack of clarity around the goals of the conference have harmed its reputation. The pandemic certainly played a part, but so did the institutional turf-battle among Council, Commission and European Parliament over the leadership question. And this dispute has revealed very substantial differences in what each institution expects from this conference.

In a joint declaration published on 10 March 2021, the European institutions agreed on the conference's duration, from May 2021 until Spring 2022, and the general set up. Yet key questions remain unanswered, namely how will citizens be effectively involved, how will European citizens panels be organised, and how, barring treaty change, the recommendations generated by the conference will be put into practice and followed up. The lack of buy-in and political support by Member States is particularly problematic.

With the conference scheduled to start in May, this webinar will be an opportunity to bring together representatives from all three institutions to discuss the conference’s opportunities, chances and risks.  

This session will be run in Zoom, you must register in advance to gain access to the meeting and the details to join will be sent one hour prior of the event.

May 4th, 2021 9:30 AM   through   10:45 AM
CEPS (online),
Place du Congrès 1,
1000 Brussels,
Phone: +32 2 2293911
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Meeting ref
Responsible Ms. Sophia Russack
Secretary Ms. Anne-Marie Boudou

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