CoFoE

CoFoE - Conference on the Future of Europe

In May the European Commission launched the Conference on the Future of Europe. I am one of two Irish MEPs that will represent our country. This is the first time we have started a conversation with the people of Europe, asking you, for your ideas on how Europe can tackle the major issues we all face  - Climate Change, Health, Jobs and Digitalisation of our Economies. Why now? In a post Brexit EU and as we recover from the devasting impact of COVID 19 we will need the voices of all EU citizens to heard and it is your democratic right to be involved in how we shape our future.

Visit the EU Commission web site here and share your ideas on the Future of Europe platform.

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The future is in your hands.

What is the Conference on the Future of Europe?

The Conference on the Future of Europe is a unique and timely opportunity for European citizens to debate on Europe’s challenges and priorities. No matter where you are from or what you do, this is the place to think about what future you want for the European Union.
The European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission have committed to listen to Europeans and to follow up, within their sphere of competences, on the recommendations made.

By spring 2022, the Conference is expected to reach conclusions and provide guidance on the future of Europe.

Which are the components of the Conference?

  • Multilingual digital platform - will be the place for citizens to share ideas and send online submissions. They will be collected, analysed, monitored and published throughout the Conference;
  • Decentralised events – online, in-person* and hybrid events held by people and organisations as well as national, regional and local authorities across Europe;
  • European Citizens’ Panels – will discuss different topics and put forward their proposals; they will be representative in terms of geographic origin, gender, age, socioeconomic background and/or level of education;
  • Conference Plenaries - will ensure that the recommendations from the national and European citizens’ panels, grouped by themes, are debated without a predetermined outcome and without limiting the scope to pre-defined policy areas. The Conference Plenary will be composed of representatives from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission, as well as representatives from all national Parliaments, on an equal footing and citizens. The Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Committee, the social partners, and civil society will also be represented. The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will be associated when the international role of the EU is discussed. Representatives of key stakeholders may be invited. The Executive Board will draw and publish the conclusions of the Conference Plenary.

Visit the EU Commission web site here and share your ideas on the Future of Europe platform.

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