Conference on the Future of Europe – The Future is in your Hands

The Conference on the Future of Europe is a unique and timely opportunity for European citizens to debate on Europe’s challenges and priorities.

The European Parliament, the EU Council and the European Commission have committed to listen to Europeans and to follow up, within their sphere of competences, on the recommendations made.

As from today, thanks to a multilingual digital platform, citizens from across Europe will have the possibility to provide their views on any topic that they consider important for the future of the EU. This will enable citizens – for the first time at EU level – to put forward their ideas, comment on other people’s ideas, create and participate in events.

Servizzi Ewropej f’Malta, together with other partners, will be promoting the Conference in Malta and will also be assisting individuals and organisations to access the multilingual digital platform or to hold events and put forward ideas and initiatives.

By spring 2022, the Conference is expected to reach conclusions and provide guidance on the future of Europe.

Who can take part?
European citizens, from all walks of life and corners of the Union, with young people playing a central role in shaping the future of the European project.

European, national, regional and local authorities, as well as civil society and other organisations who want to organise events and contribute ideas.

All participants shall respect the values established in the Conference’s Charter found in the platform.

How to access the digital platform
To access the platform you have to sign-in through the EU Login. The EU Login is the entry gate to sign in to different European Commission services and/or other systems. EU Login verifies your identity and allows recovering your personal settings, history and access rights in a secure way.

If you do not already have an EU login account, Go to the page https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/cas/login and click on the “Create an account” link on the EU Login main page. Then follow the steps to have an account created for you.

The platform will be the Conference’s central hub, a place where all contributions to the Conference will be brought together and shared, including decentralised events, the European Citizens’ Panels and Conference Plenaries.

Which are the components of the Conference?
Multilingual digital platform – the place for citizens to share ideas and send online submissions. They will be collected, analysed, monitored and published throughout the Conference.

Decentralised events – online, in-person (depending on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and in compliance with any related restrictions) and hybrid events held by people and organisations as well as national, regional and local authorities across Europe.

European Citizens’ Panels – will discuss different topics and put forward their proposals. They will be representative in terms of geographic origin, gender, age, socioeconomic background and/or level of education.

Conference Plenaries – will ensure that the recommendations from the national and European citizens’ panels, grouped by themes, are debated without a predetermined outcome and without limiting the scope to pre-defined policy areas. The Conference Plenary will be composed of representatives from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission, as well as representatives from all national Parliaments, on an equal footing and citizens. The Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Committee, the social partners, and civil society will also be represented. The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will be associated when the international role of the EU is discussed. Representatives of key stakeholders may be invited. An Executive Board will draw and publish the conclusions of the Conference Plenary.

Who is leading the Conference?
The Conference is placed under the authority of the three institutions, represented by the President of the European Parliament, the President of the Council and the President of the European Commission, acting as its Joint Presidency.

The Joint Presidency is supported by an Executive Board, which is co-chaired by the three institutions (Mr Guy Verhofstadt, Member of the European Parliament, Ms Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretary of State for EU Affairs for the Portuguese Council Presidency (the next Council Presidencies – Slovenia and France – will take over from the Portuguese Presidency as co-chair of the Executive Board) and Ms Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Democracy and Demography). It reports on a regular basis to the Joint Presidency.

The Executive Board is responsible for taking decisions by consensus regarding the works of the Conference, its processes and events, overseeing the Conference as it progresses, and preparing the meetings of the Conference Plenary, including citizens’ input and their follow up.

How to have your say?
Simply choose from the comprehensive range of topics in the platform and let the Conference know your opinion. Your ideas will be collected, analysed, monitored and published on the platform, throughout the Conference. They will then feed into the discussions taking place in the European citizens’ Panels and the Plenaries. A feedback mechanism will ensure that the ideas expressed during the Conference events result in concrete recommendations for EU action.

The final outcome of the Conference will be presented in a report to the Joint Presidency. The three Institutions will examine swiftly how to follow up effectively to this report, each within their own sphere of competences and in accordance with the Treaties.

The Conference’s official hashtag #TheFutureIsYours is an invitation to EU citizens to contribute and define the EU’s future: “The future is in your hands”.

Need assistance?
Contact SEM on 2200 3300, info.sem@gov.mt or facebook.com/servizziewropej

We also accept contributions by post at 280, Republic Street, Valletta VLT1112

Multilingual Digital Platform – click here.

 

The Maltese version of this news feature is available here.

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