Final reports and proposals
Following an exceptional, year-long journey of discussions, deliberations and collaboration by citizens from across Europe, on the kind of Europe they would like to live in, the Conference on the Future of Europe officially came to a close on 9 May 2022 – Europe Day – in Strasbourg. On this day, the Co-Chairs of the Conference Executive Board delivered a final report containing the 49 proposals to the Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and Commission.
These proposals covered nine topics: climate change and the environment; health; a stronger economy, social justice and jobs; EU in the world; values and rights, rule of law, security; digital transformation; European democracy; migration; education, culture, youth and sport. They included general objectives and more than 300 concrete measures, and the three institutions are now examining how to follow up effectively on them, each within their own spheres of competences and in accordance with the Treaties.
Commission follow-up on the outcome of the Conference
The Commission has published on 17 June a Communication offering a detailed assessment of what is needed to follow up on the Conference’s proposals. It gives an overview of the next steps, setting out how best to learn from the Conference and embed participatory democracy into the European Union’s policy and law making. For instance, building on the success of the European Citizens’ Panels, the Commission will enable these panels to deliberate and make recommendations ahead of certain key proposals, as part of its wider policymaking and in line with Better Regulation principles.
The first set of new proposals will be announced in President von der Leyen’s State of the Union address in September 2022, as well as in the accompanying Letter of Intent. These proposals will be amongst those to be included in the 2023 Commission work programme and beyond.
To keep the citizens who have participated in the Conference informed, and to keep up the momentum, a feedback event will be organised in the autumn of 2022. This event would be the moment for communicating and explaining how the three EU institutions are following up and taking stock of progress at that stage of the process.
About the conference
You have told us that you want to build a better future by living up to the most enduring promises of the past. Promises of peace and prosperity, fairness and progress; of a Europe that is social and sustainable, that is caring and daring. You have told us where you want this Europe to go. And it is now up to us to take the most direct way there, either by using the full limits of what we can do within the Treaties, or by changing the Treaties if need be.
It was part of President von der Leyen’s pledge to give Europeans a greater say on what the EU does and how it works for them. All Europeans - whoever they are and wherever they are - could take part.
The Conference aimed to reflect our diversity, and to bring Europe beyond its capital cities, reaching every corner of the EU, strengthening the link between Europeans and the institutions that serve them. It did so through a multitude of conference events and debates organised across the EU, as well as through an interactive multilingual digital platform. And it did so successfully: by May 2022 the platform had received close to 5 million unique visitors and over 50,000 active participants had taken part in 18,000 debates and over 6,500 registered events.
Young people in particular were encouraged to take part and share their ideas. European, national, regional and local authorities, as well as civil society and other organisations could also organise events to involve as many people as possible.
The Conference in summary
European panellists’ experience
Tweets from the European Commission