Press conference – The Conference on the Future of Europe concludes its work
On Europe Day, the Presidents of the European Parliament, Commission and Council received the final report with proposals for EU reform.
During a closing ceremony today in Strasbourg, the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, President Emmanuel Macron, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, received from the co-chairs of the conference executive committee the latest report on the results of the conference.
This unprecedented year-long journey of discussions, debates and collaboration between citizens and politicians resulted in a report centered on 49 proposals comprising concrete objectives and more than 320 measures for the EU institutions to follow under nine themes. : climate change and the environment; health; a stronger economy, social justice and jobs; the EU in the world; values and rights, rule of law, security, digital transformation, European democracy, migration, education, culture, youth and sport. The proposals are based on recommendations made by citizens who have come together in European Citizens’ Panels, National Citizens’ Panels and contributed their ideas to the multilingual digital platform.
Over the past year, through a multitude of events and discussions organized across the EU, national and European citizens’ panels, plenary meetings as well as exchanges on the dedicated multilingual digital platform, the conference has become a real open forum to discuss the Europe we want to experience. It has enabled a transparent, inclusive and structured debate with European citizens on issues that are important to them and to their future.
The three institutions will now examine how to effectively follow up on these proposals, each within its area of competence and in compliance with the Treaties.
A feedback event will be held to inform citizens in fall 2022.
The Conference on the Future of Europe was a new and innovative process, a bottom-up exercise allowing Europeans to express themselves on what they expect from the European Union. European citizens of different geographical origins, genders, ages, socio-economic backgrounds and/or educational levels took part in the Conference, with young Europeans playing a central role.
Last revised May 9, 2022