Citizens get to decide the future of the EU on a multilingual digital platform

Conference on the Future of Europe: launch of the citizens’ platform on 19 April

Portuguese PM Antonio Costas, European Parliament president David Sassoli and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: the Conference on the Future of Europe is a citizen-led series of debates and discussions that will enable people from across Europe to share their ideas
Portuguese PM Antonio Costas, European Parliament president David Sassoli and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: the Conference on the Future of Europe is a citizen-led series of debates and discussions that will enable people from across Europe to share their ideas

The Conference on the Future of Europe is a citizen-led series of debates and discussions that will enable people from across Europe from 19 april to share their ideas and help shape their common future in Europe.

As a meeting on Wednesday, the Executive Board endorsed a multilingual digital platform that will allow citizens from across the EU to contribute to the Conference. It also agreed on its working methods and advanced preparations for the inaugural event on Europe Day, on 9 May.

As from 19 April, thanks to this new 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.

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.

“We need to make this discussion as lively as possible, and in times of Covid that means to experiment with digital platforms as much as we can. With this platform, we offer the tools to give everyone a chance to get actively engaged in this debate, and we will make sure these ideas feed into the analysis and conclusions of the Conference. It’s their future, so it’s their Conference,” said MEP Guy Verhofstadt (Renew).

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”.

A specialised feedback mechanism will aggregate and analyse key points raised, so that they can also be taken into account during the European Citizens’ panels and Conference Plenaries.

The platform will also provide information on the Conference’s structure and work, as well as resources for event organisers including a catalogue of key events through which they will be able to promote their initiatives at local, regional, national, and European levels. Citizens will easily be able to look up events in which they wish to participate thanks to an events map.

Ana Paula Zacarias, co-chair of the Executive Board and Portuguese Secretary of State for EU Affairs, said: “The Digital Platform will bring Europeans into the public space. It will allow them to express their concerns, share their dreams and expectations and to engage with their representatives. The Union needs the power of its citizens behind it to make it stronger. This is a decisive moment, and this will allow us to debate differing views frankly and without taboos.”

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