Conference on the Future of Europe

The logo of the Conference on the Future of Europe (in German)The logo of the Conference on the Future of Europe (in German)In line with the conference on the Future of Europe, the citizens, experts and various European institutions shall discuss the future of the European Union. The conference, under the patronage of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, is scheduled to last until May 2022, and will employ a dyadic debate structure consisting of plenary assemblies as well as citizen and youth panels.

A random sampling method will be used to select citizens to ensure diversity in heritage, gender, age, socio-economic status and level of education. The selected persons will come up with topics to discuss during the plenary assemblies. The following themes have already been raised by the European Union for discussion: health, climate change, social justice, digital transformation, the global role of the EU as well as the strengthening of its own democratic processes. Regardless of this, citizens are encouraged to prioritise issues and raise suggestions themselves.

To further build upon these citizen and youth panels, the plan is to decentralise and extend the events and debates across Europe onto a regional level to discuss themes and suggestions shaping the future of Europe. The EU has set up a digital platform for this purpose. Every citizen is invited to join, either to share their own suggestions and ideas for the future of Europe to support others.

The results of the citizen and youth panels shall be discussed in a thematic order at the plenary conferences. The conferences will be composed of representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the National Parliaments, the Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee, citizens and civil society. The results of the conference shall serve as guidelines for the EU’s future.

The Landtag Brandenburg has managed to obtain a further opportunity through its participation in the pilot project “Input from political debates in regional governments” to have its own topics reflected in the conference discussions.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Liedtke, President of the Landtag Brandenburg, welcomes this idea to grant the citizens of Brandenburg a say regarding the future of the EU. “The conference on the Future of Europe is designed as a wider discussion process: it is not only for experts or organisations to share their thoughts, but, above all, (simply) for normal people who are interested in Europe and the challenges we face: securing good jobs in a digital world, battling against environmental destruction and climate change, finding balance between social justice and economic performance, better opportunities for children and the youth – and last, but not least, seeing an increase in European democracy.”