The White Paper looks at how Europe will change in the next decade, from the impact of new technologies on society and jobs, to doubts about globalisation, security concerns and the rise of populism. It spells out the choice we face: being swept along by those trends, or embracing them and seizing the new opportunities they bring. The White Paper marks the beginning of a process for the 27 Member States to decide on the future of their Union.

cover of the white paper on the future of Europe

The European Commission will contribute to the debate in the months to come with a series of reflection papers.  

By publishing a reflection paper on Europe's social dimension, it has recently launched the discussion with citizens, social partners, the European institutions and governments, that seeks to identify responses to the challenges our societies and citizens face in the coming years. The reflection paper is also an effort to clarify the contribution of the EU level in addressing these challenges.

More information:

White paper on the future of Europe and the way forward - press release

Reflection paper on the social dimension of Europe - press release

Factsheets underpinning the discussion including a factsheet on "A strong, connected single market"