Eleonora Vasques

Future EU 13-01-2022

French EU presidency has hope for Conference on Future of Europe

The EU needs to reflect on current mechanisms, legislation, and processes, and the ongoing Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) will not fail, a senior French official has said in a rare show of support for the fledgling democratic exercise.
Future EU 10-01-2022

CoFoE: depolarise the political debate is the best way to save democracy

The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), involving citizens in EU policy-making, is in the middle of its journey. It is already possible to assess the successes and limits of such deliberative democracy experiments and to question whether it can be a replicable exercise for the future.
Future EU 17-12-2021

CoFoE: deliberative democracy more accountable than elections and polls

Deliberative democracy processes are more democratic than general elections or surveys, according to Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) participants and experts of the second panel on democracy gathered in Florence last weekend.
Future EU 15-12-2021

CoFoE could cause disquiet in Commission over citizens’ wishes to change treaties

Changing the names of institutions, forming transnational lists, and questioning the unanimity vote are among  39 recommendations approved by the citizens' panel on democracy at a Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) panel in Florence last weekend.
Future EU 10-12-2021

Future of Europe conference ‘not a listening exercise without consequences’, says leading MEP

“Governments are obliged to react, they cannot bypass citizens’ proposals”, Italian socialist MEP Brando Benifei told EURACTIV in an interview on the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Future EU 06-12-2021

Civil society fear lack of inclusion and member states inaction in CoFoE

Civil society has raised concerns to EURACTIV over a lack of inclusivity and diversity in the Conference of the Future of Europe (CoFoE). Additionally, they say the conference is at risk of failure if member states do not follow citizens’...
Future EU 29-11-2021

Democracy expert: CoFoE at risk of being PR exercise

The Conference for the Future of Europe is well underway. Still, concerns have been raised from the get-go that citizens' proposals might not be taken seriously or implemented fully by European lawmakers for various reasons.
Future EU 29-11-2021

CoFoE panels call for environmental education and migrant rights

Environmental education in EU schools and the migration crisis were high on the agenda of proposals suggested by citizens in the last two panels of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Future EU 19-11-2021

CoFoE: Participants numbers are encouraging but member states should do more

Organisers of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) are “encouraged by the number of visits to the platform and endorsements”, a spokesperson for the conference told EURACTIV. This comes following concerns from some participants that the event was not getting enough attention.
Future EU 12-11-2021

EU quells fears over lack of media interest in CoFoE

Despite participants fears that the Conference on the Future of Europe is not making headlines and therefore might not be as impactful as hoped, the Commission has reassured them that the media is listening and their voices will be heard.