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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

Macron presents France’s EU Council presidency priorities

French President Emmanuel Macron gave an overview on Thursday (9 December) of the priorities France wants to pursue when it takes over the EU Council Presidency in the first half of 2022. Reforming the border-free Schengen area, setting up a European defence system and a new European model were among the priorities he outlined. EURACTIV France reports.
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 01-12-2021

EPP chief: Greens in new ‘pro-Europe’ coalition could find EU reforms problematic

Germany's new three-party government will have to back key EU reforms even if these do not align with its values. According to EPP chairman Manfred Weber, the issue of arms exports, in particular, will likely be controversial. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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 29-11-2021

France welcomes Germany’s new ‘pro-European’ coalition agreement

The coalition deal struck between three parties that will form Germany's next government is very much in line with France's own ambitions and priorities, including its vision of a more federal EU. EURACTIV France reports.
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.
Economy & Jobs 26-10-2021

Largely ignored Conference on the Future of Europe back in the spotlight

The Council on the Future of Europe, proposed by now-outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel to solve Poland's rule of law issues, has been paid little attention. But that does not mean those attending have not been busy.
28-07-2021

Conference on bloc future could give new purpose to federalists in European Parliament

The EU-wide exercise on the future of the bloc could give new impetus to the federalist-minded group in the European Parliament who have been struggling in the past years to connect with young Europeans.
Politics 21-07-2021

Social partners and regions get greater say in conference on EU future

The executive board of the Conference on the Future of Europe decided at Monday’s session to allocate more seats in the Conference Plenary to both regional and local representatives, and social partners, the Slovenian EU presidency said. The rules of...
Future EU 07-07-2021

Transnational lists, top-candidate system no cure for EU ‘democratic deficit’

Transnational election lists and the Spitzenkandidaten system used during the EU elections to nominate the bloc’s leaders are no “miracle cures” to the “democratic deficit” in the EU, according to an information report presented by French senators on Tuesday (6 July). EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 18-06-2021

Citizens not satisfied with EU’s current state, say MEPs

With the first plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe on Saturday (19 June) designed to have EU citizen participation at its core, some MEPs believe the event could be a catalyst to change the bloc's treaties, while others hope citizens are not used as political pawns. .

Commission: EU future debate should focus on ‘genuine people’ not ‘Brussels bubble’

Margaritis Schinas, European Commission Vice-President for the Promotion of the European Way of Life, has underlined that the Future of Europe conference should focus on the "genuine people" and not the "Brussels bubble".
Economy & Jobs 11-05-2021

EU’s Comittee of Regions calls for local participation in Future of Europe summit

The Conference on the Future of Europe launched Sunday (9 May) in Strasbourg can only succeed if local and regional communities are involved, the European Committee of the Regions has argued. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 11-05-2021

Federalists: Conference on the Future of Europe could kickstart EU reform

Like the Schuman Declaration in 1950, the Conference on the Future of Europe could pave the way for a reform of the EU, the Spinelli Group – which gathers federalist MEPs and national parliamentarians – with the Union of European...

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).