The Conference on the Future of Europe offers citizens across Europe the opportunity to express their views on what they want from the European Union and to give their opinions on future developments. It was officially launched on Europe Day, 9 May 2021.
This conference offers European citizens a new public space for an open, inclusive and transparent debate on Europe's priorities and challenges. All Europeans, stakeholders and civil society representatives are invited to express their expectations of the European Union. Contributions at European, national, regional and local level can feed the debate on the future of Europe.
Aware of the importance of the European debate with the citizens, the Luxembourg Government gives its full support to this initiative, which continue the citizens' consultations that took place before the 2019 European elections.
In a joint declaration signed on 10 March 2021, the Presidents of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU invite all Europeans to participate in the Conference on the Future of Europe and to express themselves:
- on the direction they want the European Union to take;
- on policies in all areas;
- on their expectations of the Union.
How can you contribute?
To submit your contributions or to register your event, go to the digital and interactive platform of the Conference on the Future of Europe!
The digital platform is the central element of the Conference on the Future of Europe. It gives citizens the opportunity to express themselves, to let people know what kind of Europe they want to live in and to help shape its future. People from all walks of life are encouraged to contribute through the platform.
The platform also provides information on the structure and work of the conference. It is open to all Europeans, as well as to all EU institutions and bodies, national parliaments, national and local authorities, and civil society.
"The future is in your hands"
The platform is structured around several main topics:
- Climate change and the environment;
- A stronger economy, social justice and jobs;
- EU in the world;
- Values and rights, rule of law, security;
- Digital transformation;
- European democracy;
- Education, culture, youth and sport.
An "other ideas" field allows for the collection of other opinions and to complete these themes, as everyone is free to raise any issue of importance to them.
The key ideas and recommendations emerging from the platform will serve as input to the European citizens' panel discussions and the plenary sessions, where they will be debated to produce the conference conclusions.
The Conference process
The Conference on the Future of Europe was officially launched on Europe Day, 9 May 2021. In the coming months, debates, conferences and other events on the future of Europe will be organised in all EU countries. Citizens can give their opinions via the multilingual digital platform, but there will also be face-to-face dialogue venues, health conditions permitting. The Conference will produce conclusions by spring 2022.
9 May 2021 - exchange in Schengen
On the occasion of Europe Day 2021, which also marked the start of the Conference on the Future of Europe, an exchange took place on the Place des Etoiles in front of the Schengen Museum between citizens, MEPs and European Commissioner Nicolas Schmit on the theme of the Conference on the Future of Europe. Citizens were invited to ask questions about the future of Europe and to make their voices heard.
21 June 2021 - trinational exchange with students
As part of the Conference on the Future of Europe, a tri-national discussion took place on 21 June 2021 at Institute Pierre Werner between the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, and the Minister Delegate for European Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Michael Roth, in the presence of the French Ambassador Bruno Perdu, who represented the Secretary of State Clément Beaune. The Ministers exchanged views with German, French and Luxembourg high school students present in the room. The discussion can be viewed online here.