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Future EU 10-05-2021

Suica: There will be no taboos in dialogue with EU citizens

Ahead of the Conference on the Future of Europe, a year-long dialogue with EU citizens that kicked off on Sunday (9 May, Europe Day), EURACTIV Croatia spoke to the European Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica, in charge of the conference organisation, about the overall objectives, and expectations.
Politics 07-05-2021

Tweets of the Week: CoFoE confusion, Moved Border, Vaccine Sharing

The Future of Europe conference looks a mess at first glance, Belgian farmer moves the border with France, and Biden changes US vaccine stance. Sunday is Europe Day and if you thought not visiting obscure EU institutions on #EuropeDay was...
Future EU 06-05-2021

A global Europe in action

The Conference on the Future of Europe can catalyse much-needed reflection on how to revamp the EU’s external action. But, most importantly, if the EU wants to secure its position as a top-tier geopolitical player, it should overcome self-doubt and learn by doing, writes Javier Solana.
Future EU 03-05-2021

Democracies, including EU, need better functioning, better results

The Conference on the Future of Europe is an exercise in democracy, and at the same time, the main theme of the Conference is European democracy. But the problem is broader: democracy itself is in crisis, write Herman Van Rompuy and Žiga Turk.
Future EU 23-04-2021

The Brief, powered by VDMA – Do away with the elites

Twenty years ago, the EU thought that a patrician, former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, was best placed to chair discussions on its reform. For good measure, Giscard’s two vice-chairs were both former prime ministers.

Commissioner: EU institutions to speak with ‘one voice’ at Future of Europe conference

European Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica has underlined that the three European institutions - Parliament, Council and Commission - will speak with "one voice" through the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Future EU 22-04-2021

Merkel open to EU treaty change to boost health powers

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday (21 April) that the European Union needs more power to coordinate the bloc's response to health crises like the coronavirus pandemic, and did not rule out a treaty change to secure them.
Future EU 19-04-2021

EU institutions launch online platform of Conference on the Future of Europe

Top EU officials launched on Monday (19 April) a multilingual digital platform of the Conference on the Future of Europe, a year-long democracy exercise meant to involve Europeans in shaping the future direction of the bloc.
Future EU 15-04-2021

Launch event of EU reform conference will be online focused, says Commissioner

The event formally launching the Conference on the Future of Europe on 9 May is set to be a ‘hybrid’ of online and physical participation because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the EU Commissioner tasked with guiding the process said on Thursday (15 April).
The digital platform to be launched on 19 April for EU citizens to participate in the Conference on the Future of Europe has been developed with the threat of disinformation in mind, the European Commission said on Tuesday (13 April). 
Digital & Media 13-04-2021

Conference platform prepared against misinformation

The digital platform to be launched on 19 April for EU citizens to participate in the Conference on the Future of Europe has been developed with the threat of disinformation in mind, the European Commission said on Tuesday (13 April). 
The EU's institutional data protection watchdog has 'critical concerns' with European Parliament plans to install a biometric register that will allow MEPs to collect their daily allowance and sign in for hearings on the Brussels premises, it has transpired.
Future EU 13-04-2021

The age of permacrisis

Despite the fatigue with the pandemic and the longing for stability and predictability, Europe has entered the age of ‘permacrisis’, in which volatility, uncertainty, and a prolonged sense of emergency have become the new normal, argue Ricardo Borges de Castro, Fabian Zuleeg and Janis A. Emmanouilidis.
Future EU 26-03-2021

European political parties play a key role now and in the future

The Conference on the Future of Europe should not be a PR exercise but a genuine people’s convention to deliberate all the tough issues we face together and to hear what citizens expect from Europe, argues Hans van Baalen.
Future EU 25-03-2021

A dozy dozen

The EU needs democratic rebalancing. Veto powers have given the EU multiple Achilles heels that have been exploited by the likes of China, Russia and Silicon Valley. But the signals coming ahead of the Conference on the Future of Europe are not promising, writes Sophie in 't Veld.

Lisbon, Brussels want citizens to participate now in Conference on the Future of Europe

The Portuguese presidency of the Council and the European Commission today indicated that it wants citizens to start participating in the Conference on the Future of Europe now, even before the formal launch planned for 9 May.
Economy & Jobs 18-03-2021

EU’s Michel wants to involve regions more closely in recovery plans

European Council President Charles Michel wants to see regions more involved in the current European processes, particularly in the drafting of national recovery plans and the Conference on the Future of Europe. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 05-03-2021

Tweets of the Week: Fidesz, Vaccine Passports, Future of Europe

Fidesz party does a volte face, it’s not a vaccine passport it’s a digital pass, and the conference on Europe will have too much top brass
Future EU 04-03-2021

Future of Europe project set for launch in May after lawmakers give green light

The European Parliament’s leaders endorsed on Thursday (4 March) the blueprint for the much anticipated Conference on the Future of Europe, a day after national governments also backed it. The Conference, which aims to reform the European Union and bring it “closer” to its citizens, is set to start its work on 9 May, Europe Day.

Jointly steered Conference on Future of Europe awaits go-ahead

The European Union's Conference on the Future of Europe could this week finally get the green light, when member states and the European Parliament give their verdict on the joint declaration negotiated under the aegis of Portugal's presidency of the Council of the EU.
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2021

Social inequalities overtake climate change in EU citizens’ concerns – poll

Reducing poverty and social inequality has become the main policy priority for EU citizens after the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey commissioned by the European Parliament has shown.
Future EU 11-02-2021

Appointment with history

Crises boost EU integration: an unprecedented budget, common bonds, border guards in EU uniforms. But EU parliamentary democracy is lagging far behind and the European Parliament should defend democratic oversight. If it shies away from using its powers, it will lose them, writes Sophie in ‘t Veld.

EU27 accept Portuguese idea on Conference on the Future of Europe

EU member states gave the 'green light' on Wednesday (3 February) to the format proposed by the Portuguese presidency for the Conference on the Future of Europe, which is due to start next May, European sources told Lusa.pt.

Portugal tries to overcome ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’ deadlock

European institutions must find a “rapid and pragmatic solution” to overcome the “deadlock” which is preventing the Conference on the Future of Europe from being held, Portuguese State Secretary for European Affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias, told a press conference on...
Future EU 27-11-2020

Boosting EU’s democratic legitimacy: Parliament seeks electoral reforms

In a new European Parliament resolution, adopted this week, EU lawmakers called for reforms, including lowering the voting age, transnational lists, and gender balance rules, ahead of the next European elections in 2024.
Future EU 20-11-2020

Conference on the Future of Europe: EU overhaul in the making?

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In 2020, hundreds of EU citizens were meant to be invited to reflect on Europe’s future at a conference that will debate European policy priorities in an attempt to introduce direct democracy in EU decision-making over the course of the...