The EU paves the way to respond to citizens’ proposals
A month after the closure event of the Conference on the Future of Europe, the Commission has presented a Communication offering an assessment of what is needed to follow up on the proposals, gives an overview of the next steps and sets out how best to learn the lessons from the Conference and embed participative democracy into the EU’s policy and law-making. In early June, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution proposing amendments to the Treaties under the ordinary revision procedure. Among their first set of proposals, Members of the European Parliament put forward revisions that would abolish the Member States' veto powers in most areas, and enhance European integration in health, energy, defence, and social and economic policies. Committed to follow-up on the Conference proposals, MEPs will fold them into their legislative work, and will present further suggestions for Treaty change. At the European Council meeting on 23-24 June, leaders stated that the EU institutions should ensure that there is an effective follow-up to the final report. The General Affairs Council will revert to this at its upcoming meetings.
The conference has come to an end, time for follow-up
This one-year journey of discussion, debate and collaboration between citizens and politicians on the future of Europe culminated in a report submitted on 9 May to the Presidents of the EU institutions. The report outlines 49 proposals and more than 320 measures including concrete objectives. It is now up to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission to follow up, each according to their own area of competence.
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