Conference on the Future of Europe

The Conference on the Future of Europe is a political forum launched by the European Commission and the European Parliament on May 9, 2021. Its aim is to enable more participation of EU citizens in the debates on the future of the EU and Europe.

Young citizens are also encouraged to be involved more actively than usual in political processes and are given the opportunity to contribute their own ideas and demands on a digital platform, at decentralized events, in citizens’ forums and plenary sessions. The conference is chaired by the Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission. The three institutions have committed to listen to the citizens’ ideas and demands and follow them within their competences. The conference is expected to produce conclusions and guidelines for the future of Europe by spring 2022.

We are convinced that young people play a crucial role in the debate on the future of Europe as they will be the ones most affected by it. It is young people that will contribute to European cohesion and a Europe of openness, solidarity and democracy, and who will engage in civil society. That is why our foundation is participating in the Conference on the Future of Europe with projects that specifically promote the participation of young people. The projects are implemented in two of our programme lines, the European Youth Parliament and the European Educational Network Understanding Europe.

Open letters to Conference to demand the inclusion of marginalised communities

In June, the foundation joined other civil society organisations across Europe in a call to the Conference to ensure the inclusion of marginalised communities. As their answer did not indicate any concrete measures, we issued another appeal.