It is a process running until 2022 designed to make the EU more democratic and increase citizens participation through a bottom-up approach.
One week ago on the 18th of March, the EP and the EC expected an agreement on a mandate for the structure, governance and engagement of citizens in the Conference. However, a week ago the Corona virus crisis already had made its impact and the Council postponed its conclusions as they did not find it realistic to have many people brought together in meetings, agora and conferences at European or local levels.
The Conference was due to be launched on 9 May but, with EU institutions now having to conduct all but the most essential meetings remotely due to the Coronavirus, the planned launch in May is now looking difficult unless it will be online.
The Parliament Magazine 23/03/2020
The crisis is not just a threat to the lives and livelihoods of people across the globe but serves also as a severe stress test for democracy.
The Brussels Times 19/03/2020
One year ago, nobody could have imagined that the European Commission would ever stress that citizens must guide EU’s policy-making as it did yesterday in its communication to the European Parliament and the Council – Shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Today, the first important step was taken towards the construction of a modern and democratic EU that integrates civic participatory engagement between elections in the policymaking of its three institutions.Today, a large majority in the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution that specified the form, content and process of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
The Civil Society Organizations, indicated in this document, have signed the following Declaration on the Rule of Law, the Multiannual Financial Framework, the European Conference on the Future of Europe and an Empower Roadmap. Since the Conference on the Future of Europe is one of our tops priorities, we have renewed calls for a bottom-up, building-site and free-standing and spontaneously organized events.
The President for the European Commission, Ms. Ursula Von den Leyen has tasked the Vice President for Democracy and Demography Ms. Dubravka Suica with a conference on the Future of Europe. It will start in 2020 and run for two years and will “bring together citizens, including a significant role for young people, civil society and European institutions as equal partners”.