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Future EU 25-05-2022

Citizens demand more ambition and competences for Europe

“We managed to come together, to be stronger. As civil society, we had to fight for every inch of our participation and representation in the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE)”, argues Alexandrina Najmowicz, Co-Chair of the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe.
Future EU 24-05-2022

A vision to democratise Europe from Brussels to Brussels

In her closing speech at the Conference of the Future of Europe (CoFoE), Ursula von der Leyen made a historic declaration on the fundamental role of citizen participation. This has allowed reflection on another historical instant in the Brussels Parliament, writes Magali Plovie.
OpinionPromoted content
Future EU 24-05-2022

The Future of Europe: time to choose

“It is our moral obligation to create what I would call a European Political Community”. The words used by Emmanuel Macron as President of the Council of the European Union, to wrap up one year of work of the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFOE) confirms that a profound reform of the EU is becoming a moral imperative.
Future EU 23-05-2022

Conference on the Future of Europe is over, what’s the outcome?

This is the end of the journey, but not the end of the story. Citizens approved their recommendations in the context of the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFOE), the first EU deliberative democracy experiment where ordinary citizens took...
Enlargement 13-05-2022

Ukraine’s integration can start today, EU Parliament chief says

The EU should open its doors to Ukraine, paving the way for immediate access to trade, programs, funding, transport, movement, and more, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Asked by EURACTIV what her thoughts are...
Future EU 10-05-2022

European politicians want citizen panels to be used at EU level

The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) ended on Monday (9 May), but a group of politicians want citizens' forums that were at its heart to become a permanent practice at the EU level. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 09-05-2022

Now is the time to be ambitious and audacious with the EU’s future

Europe Day is supposed to mark the conclusion of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE). One year of deliberations, debates and discussions brought together citizens, regional, national and European politicians, EU institutions, organised civil society and social partners, to build a common trajectory for the EU's future, writes Petros Fassoulas.
Future EU 09-05-2022

Macron teases alternative to EU enlargement

French president Emmanuel Macron on Monday (9 May) pitched a proposal for a new "political European community" that would allow Ukraine and others currently outside of the EU framework to be more closely involved with the EU.
Future EU 09-05-2022

Von der Leyen hints at support for EU treaty change

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen hinted that she might support changes to EU treaties, should it be necessary to implement the recommendations of citizen panels from the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE).
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Economy & Jobs 09-05-2022

SGI Europe: The EU institutions need to deliver on the outcomes of the Conference on the Future of Europe

With the Conference on the Future of Europe, the EU has completed a historical exercise of participatory democracy. Bringing together institutions, citizens, social partners and civil society, it provided feedback on our joint actions. And should lead to improving our common project.
Future EU 06-05-2022

Commitment to European project takes center stage at CoFoE Spain

A sense of commitment to the European project was the main theme in proposals presented at the conclusion of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) forum on Friday (6 May), organized by Spain’s EFE news agency in collaboration...
Future EU 05-05-2022

MEPs support treaty changes to reform EU

Members of European Parliament passed a resolution on Wednesday (4 May) supporting the outcome of the Conference on the Future of Europe and changing EU treaties to facilitate the implementation of citizens' proposals.
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Future EU 29-04-2022

All good things come in … four? Why the new draft on the European electoral act should be supported

Next week, the European Parliament (EP) will vote on a new European Electoral Law. It is likely to be a historic vote, as unlike the previous three attempts (1998, 2011 and 2018), this time the EP might actually decide in favour of the introduction of transnational lists and a more harmonised European electoral law.
InterviewPromoted content
Future EU 28-04-2022

Citizens must be at the forefront of the CoFoE follow-up

Citizens must be actively involved in the process of implementing the CoFoE proposals, according to Antonis Kourras, member of the Conference Citizens’ Panels.
Future EU 28-04-2022

War in Ukraine highlights need for EU reform with citizen participation

As Russia's war in Ukraine rages on, the need to reform the EU and take citizens' voices into account has become more apparent, according to politicians involved in the Conference on the Future of Europe.
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Future EU 22-04-2022

Cross-border regions suffering from the health crisis

The unilateral closing of the border between France and Germany from March to June 2020, decided by the German government without any consultation with the French regional and national authorities, has been experienced as a traumatic moment, amplified by the mistrust and hostility that has developed among citizens on both sides of the border.
Future EU 20-04-2022

Czech expert: EU treaty change unlikely after Conference on the Future of Europe

The Conference on the Future of Europe will not lead to changes in the EU’s treaties because there is no consensus among member states for this, a Czech expert told EURACTIV.cz. The conference is a unique exercise allowing European citizens...
Future EU 15-04-2022

Over 10% of citizen proposals on EU’s future require treaty changes, expert says

Twelve per cent of European citizens’ proposals as a part of the conference on the Future of Europe require a treaty change if they are to be implemented, according to an EU law expert.
Future EU 13-04-2022

CoFoE: Time to deliver on your promises to young people

Securing the future of youth in the EU has emerged as one of the big topics in the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE). The European Youth Forum presents how the Conference organisers can act on citizens’ recommendations and...
Future EU 08-04-2022

Employers’ representative: EU needs competitiveness check, not minimum wage directive

An EU directive on minimum wages "risks undermining collective bargaining and adding up complexities to the recovery and the resilience of the EU economy", Stefano Mallia, who represents employers in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), told EURACTIV.
Future EU 08-04-2022

Citizens criticise lack of political interest in bloc-wide democracy experiment

Representatives of EU citizens panels at the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) asked politicians to take meetings more seriously, noting that the majority did not turn up to the last plenary session, according to a letter seen by EURACTIV.
Health 30-03-2022

Health Brief: What the people want

A wave of momentum for health initiatives washed over the EU following COVID-19. That is evident in the citizens’ recommendations formed in the Conference of the Future of Europe (CoFoE), which has now entered its final phase.
Future EU 15-03-2022

Disinterest from politicians clouds EUs deliberative democracy experiment

While the debate was more focussed and better organised than before, participants said disinterest from politicians clouded the latest panel of the conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) event in Strasbourg at the weekend. CoFoE is the first EU...
Future EU 14-03-2022

CoFoE: Participants ask for increased EU intervention in Ukrainian war

Participants from the Conference on the Future of Europe met in Strasbourg to speak in front of the conference's plenary, where Ukrainian activists and MPs urged for more drastic EU intervention in Ukraine, including the implementation of a no-fly zone.