The Conference on the Future of Europe is now officially underway. But with its original political patron, French President Emmanuel Macron, no longer leading the project, and the Covid pandemic still around us, it is unclear where the conference will get its political drive from.
Is the Conference really needed? What policy areas should the Conference focus on? And will it really engage the people of Europe or just be another elite–driven talking shop? Euractiv’s Opinion editor, Benjamin Fox and Fabio Masini, the Jean Monnet Chair on European Economic Governance, and Managing Editor of Euractiv Italy, tackle these and other questions.