European democracy/values, rights, rule of law, security
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.
Who can take part?
European citizens, from all walks of life and corners of the Union, with young people playing a central role in shaping the future of the European project.
European, national, regional and local authorities, as well as civil society and other organisations who want to organise events and contribute ideas.
All participants shall respect the values established in our Charter of Principles.
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.
What is the role of this digital platform?
The digital platform is the hub of the Conference: it is your way to get involved and speak up at the Conference. Here you can share your thoughts on Europe and the changes which need to happen, see what others have to say, find events near you, organise your own event and follow the progress and the outcome of the Conference.
How do you have your say?
Simply choose from the comprehensive range of topics and let the Conference know your opinion. Your ideas will be collected, analysed, monitored and published on the platform, throughout the Conference. They will then feed into the discussions taking place in the European citizens’ Panels and the Plenaries. A feedback mechanism will ensure that the ideas expressed during the Conference events result in concrete recommendations for EU action. The final outcome of the Conference will be presented in a report to the Joint Presidency. The three Institutions will examine swiftly how to follow up effectively to this report, each within their own sphere of competences and in accordance with the Treaties.
Who is leading the Conference?
The Conference is placed under the authority of the three institutions, represented by the President of the European Parliament, the President of the Council and the President of the European Commission, acting as its Joint Presidency.
The Joint Presidency is supported by an Executive Board, which is co-chaired by the three institutions (Mr Guy Verhofstadt, Member of the European Parliament, Ms Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretary of State for EU Affairs for the Portuguese Council Presidency** and Ms Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Democracy and Demography). It reports on a regular basis to the Joint Presidency. The Executive Board is responsible for taking decisions by consensus regarding the works of the Conference, its processes and events, overseeing the Conference as it progresses, and preparing the meetings of the Conference Plenary, including citizens’ input and their follow up.
A Common Secretariat, of limited size and made up of officials representing the three institutions equally, assists the work of the Executive Board.
The Conference on the Future of Europe is nothing without you and your involvement on this platform. The future is in your hands.
Make your voice heard.
The Panel “European democracy/values, rights, rule of law, security” addresses topics related to democracy, such as elections, participation outside election periods, perceived distance between people and their elected representatives, media freedom and disinformation. The Panel also addresses issues related to fundamental rights and values, the rule of law and the fight against all forms of discrimination. At the same time, the panel deals with the internal security of the EU, such as protection of Europeans from acts of terrorism and other crimes.
*Depending on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and in compliance with any related restrictions.
**The next Council Presidencies (Slovenia, France) will take over from the Portuguese Presidency as co-chair of the Executive Board.