Conference on the Future of Europe: preparations continue

After the successful launch of the multilingual digital platform one week ago, the Executive Board of the Conference on the Future of Europe continues to fine-tune arrangements prior to the inaugural hybrid event on 9 May. At their third meeting on 22 April, the Executive Board endorsed the event’s draft programme, which will take place on Europe Day. It will be broadcast live, and will feature remote citizen participation and interventions by the Presidents of the three EU institutions. The representatives of the European Parliament, Council and Commission also endorsed the Conference’s Rules of Procedure regarding the European citizens’ panels, and in relation to the Principles and the Scope of the Conference. Each panel will comprise 200 citizens and will ensure that at least one female and one male citizen per Member State is included. Citizens will be chosen randomly to set up panels that are representative of the EU’s diversity, in terms of geographic origin, gender, age, socioeconomic background and level of education. Young people between 16 and 25 will make up one-third of each panel. They also held an exchange of views on the rules of the Conference Plenary, aiming to reach an agreement at their next meeting. Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, and Co-Chair Dubravka Šuica, said: “This Conference is all about engaging and empowering citizens. We keep them at the forefront of all our thinking on the Conference. Whether they are pro-Europe or sceptical, we want to hear from them so we can respond to their concerns.” Read the full statement here.