CoFoE: citizens demand more from the EU

On 2 December, EU institutions and over 500 citizens assessed the follow-up to the proposals of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

The European Parliament hosted today’s feedback event on the Conference on the Future of Europe in Brussels, involving representatives of the Parliament, the Council and the Commission, as well as the citizens who were at the core of the Conference’s work. They examined how the EU institutions are following up on the Conference’s’ proposals.

Opening the feedback event, Parliament’s President Roberta Metsola said: “The European Parliament is ready to do its part in delivering on the proposals of the Conference on the Future of Europe in the interest of the 450 million Europeans that it represents. Vision takes courage. When it comes to implementing citizens’ proposals, no suggestion for change should be off-limits. The Conference on the Future of the Europe and the proposals presented are not the end. There is no end-date to the future. There is not a checklist that we need to tick. The Future is a work in progress. So is our Union.”

Guy Verhofstadt, in his capacity as former Co-Chair of the Conference, commented: “In times of insecurity, politics needs a vision of what’s ahead. With the Conference on the Future of Europe, citizens pointed the way forward. The feedback event is the moment to discuss what we, politicians, have done with the conclusions we reached together last year and to look ahead. Because our commitment is not over yet: we need to keep delivering not just on the proposals but on the spirit in which they were written – a new idea of Europe, fit for the challenges of the future.”

The Council was represented by Minister for European Affairs Mikuláš Bek from the Czech Presidency. Vice-Presidents Maroš Šefčovič, Dubravka Šuica, and Margaritis Schinas represented the Commission.

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