Conclusion of the Conference on the Future of Europe | Stream

At today’s closing event in Strasbourg, European Parliament President Roberta Mezzola, President Emmanuel Macron (on behalf of the Council Presidency) and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen received the final report from the Co-Chairs of the Conference Executive Committee.

This unprecedented year-long journey of dialogue, debate and collaboration between citizens and politicians culminated in a report containing 49 suggestions. These include concrete goals and more than 320 actions across nine themes that EU institutions are expected to pursue: climate change and the environment; health; stronger economy, social justice and employment; European Union in the world; values, rights, rule of law and security; Digital transformation of democracy in Europe. Migration, Education, Culture, Youth and Sports. The proposals are based on recommendations from citizens who met at European Citizens Forums and National Citizens Forums and presented their ideas on the multilingual digital platform.

European Parliament President Roberta Mezzola said: “Citizens – especially young people – are at the heart of our vision for the future of Europe. It directly influenced the outcome of the conference. We are at a defining moment in European integration. Proposing changes should not be a taboo. We must not be afraid to unleash the power of Europe to change people’s lives for the better.” .

President Emmanuel Macron added: The crises we’ve been through together in recent years have transformed Europe. We must continue this development and ensure that the Union lives up to the desires and expectations of the citizens. The Conference on the Future of Europe that we are closing today is a unique and unprecedented exercise on this scale. It sets new impulses for our continent. Their conclusions are a source of suggestions that each institution should consider within its competence. The Board will have the opportunity to comment in the coming weeks. As this conference will conclude under the French presidency, I would like to thank previous presidencies for their commitment. I am happy to entrust the follow-up to the results of the conference to the Czech and Swedish presidency.

President Ursula von der Leyen said: Democracy, Peace, Individual and Economic Freedom. This is what Europe stands for today, with war raging once again on our continent. This is also the essence of the conference on the future of Europe. The European Union must continue to live up to the expectations of European citizens. Today we received their clear and distinctive message. Now is the time to get results.”

During the past year, several events and round tables have been organized across the European Union; There were national and European citizen forums, public sessions and an active exchange on a multilingual online platform. The conference was truly an open forum for discussion of tomorrow’s Europe. It has enabled transparent, inclusive and structured discussions in which people in Europe can express their proposals for our future.

The work of the European Parliament

The European Parliament, in its resolution on the follow-up to the Conference on the Future of Europe, adopted on 4 May, welcomed and endorsed the results of the conference. MEPs acknowledged that the conference proposals required a change in EU treaties and called on the Committee on Constitutional Affairs to draw up proposals for EU treaty reform, to be discussed in an agreement based on Article 48 of the EU Treaty to occur.

Guy Verhofstadt, who represents Parliament as co-chair of the Executive Committee, said: “People’s recommendations and the conference conclusions provide us with a road map to prevent the EU from becoming irrelevant or even disappearing. It is possible that a new, effective and more democratic Europe will be a sovereign and viable Europe. As citizens undoubtedly expect. We have no time to waste. We must stick to the results of the conference and implement its results as soon as possible.”

A preliminary summary of Parliament’s positions and work in progress on the proposals of the Conference’s plenary can be found in this background article.

Next steps

Within their respective areas of competence, the three institutions are now studying how to implement these proposals in practice while respecting the treaties.

A feedback event will be held in the fall of 2022 to keep citizens updated.

my knowledge

The Conference on the Future of Europe is a new and innovative process, a bottom-up initiative that allows Europeans to express what they want from the European Union. The conference was attended by European citizens of different geographic origins, ages, socio-economic backgrounds and/or educational levels, with European youth playing a major role.

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