Conference on the Future of Europe 2020-2022

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Reports, analyses and information on the so-called 'Conference on the Future of Europe', a concept which emerged with the presentation of the political guidelines of Ursula von der Leyen upon her appointment as President of the European Commission.

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Ursula von der Leyen proposed in her political guidelines for the mandate 2019-2024 - presented just before her formal appointment as President-elect of the European Commission in July 2019 - to set up a Conference on the Future of Europe, which would become an opportunity to hear citizens and hold discussions on the way forward for the European project, its institutions and core mission. This Conference would be launched in 2020 and last for two years.

In November 2019, media sources reported on a non-paper drafted by France and Germany on a common position relating to structuring and main issues at stake in this Conference. National leaders discussed and endorsed the idea behind this Conference at a European Council summit on 12 December. The European Parliament's plenary session adopted on 15 January 2020 a Resolution setting the institution's position on the set-up and scope of this Conference. The European Commission set out its ideas for the Conference in a Communication published on 22 January. The Council of the European Union held a discussion on the proposed Conference on 28 January.

The development of this initiative was put on hold by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. It should have started on 9 May 2020. The Council held a discussion on this matter on 26 May. On 18 June, the plenary of the European Parliament  adopted a Resolution calling on the Conference to be launched in the Autumn 2020 and urged the Council of the European Union to agree on a common position, which eventually emerged on 24 June.

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Wikipedia: Conference on the Future of Europe https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conference_on_the_Future_of_Europe
VoxEurop: Category: Conference on the future of Europe https://voxeurop.eu/en/category/politics/eu/conference-on-the-future-of-europe/
BlogActiv, 11/09/2019: How the new Commission will treat EU constitutional reform https://andrewduff.blogactiv.eu/2019/09/11/how-the-new-commission-will-treat-eu-constitutional-reform/
Politico, 27/11/2019: France is back, but where is Germany? https://www.politico.eu/article/france-germany-foreign-relations-emmanuel-macron-angela-merkel-power-imbalance-eu/
EPC: Commentary, 02/12/2019: It’s time to discuss Europe’s future – A first Draft Blueprint for the Conference on the Future of Europe https://www.epc.eu/en/Publications/Its-time-to-discuss-Europes-future-a-first-Draft-Blueprint-for-the~2d6edc
EPRS: Briefing, December 2019: Preparing the Conference on the Future of Europe https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2019)644202
IIEA, 03/12/2019: Seeing the Bigger Picture: France and Germany and the ‘Future of Europe’ Conference https://www.iiea.com/eu27/france-and-germany-and-the-future-of-europe-conference/
Politico, 12/12/2019: Wanted: Another EU president https://www.politico.eu/article/wanted-another-eu-president/
TEPSA, 12/12/2019: Conference on the Future of Europe: Internal Stability and External Authority as First Priorities https://www.tepsa.eu/conference-on-the-future-of-europe-internal-stability-and-external-authority-as-first-priorities/
ECAS, 18/12/2019: Recommendations for a successful and effective Conference on the Future of Europe https://ecas.org/recommendations-for-a-successful-and-effective-conference-on-the-future-of-europe/
S&D Group: News, 19/12/2019: Citizens must be at the heart of the Conference on the Future of Europe https://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/newsroom/citizens-must-be-heart-conference-future-europe
The Independent, 31/12/2019: Over the next two years the EU will decide its future path – here's why the UK has to be involved despite Brexit https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/brexit-boris-johnson-eu-future-conference-macron-france-europe-a9265356.html
EPP Group: Newsroom, 15/01/2020: Broad, open, interactive and inclusive debate on the future of Europe https://www.eppgroup.eu/newsroom/news/broad-open-and-inclusive-debate-on-the-future-of-europe
Renew Europe Group: News, 15/01/2020: Conference on the future of Europe: the time has come to democratize the European Union https://reneweuropegroup.eu/en/news/1406-conference-on-the-future-of-europe-the-time-has-come-to-democratize-the-european-union/
Greens/EFA Group: Press Release, 15/01/2020: Conference on the Future of Europe https://www.greens-efa.eu/en/article/press/conference-on-the-future-of-europe/
ETUC: Press Release, 16/01/2020: Social issues should be priority for the Conference on the Future of Europe https://www.etuc.org/en/pressrelease/social-issues-should-be-priority-conference-future-europe
Carnegie Europe, 17/01/2020: Can Europe Be a Catalyst for Democratic Innovation? https://carnegieeurope.eu/2020/01/17/can-europe-be-catalyst-for-democratic-innovation-pub-80821
EurActiv, 22/01/2020: A ‘Conference on the future of EU’, what next? EU elections 2024 https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/opinion/a-conference-on-the-future-of-eu-what-next-eu-elections-2024/
Verfassungsblog, 01/02/2020: The Conference on the Future of Europe: an Open Letter https://verfassungsblog.de/the-conference-on-the-future-of-europe-an-open-letter/
EUObserver, 05/02/2020: How Juncker laid groundwork for 'Future EU' conference https://euobserver.com/opinion/147344
IIEA: Events, 27/02/2020: Engaging Citizens on the Future of Europe https://www.iiea.com/past-events/engaging-citizens-on-the-future-of-europe/
EPRS: Topical Digests, March 2020: Conference on the Future of Europe https://www.europarl.europa.eu/EPRS/TD_Conference_FoE.pdf
EPC: Discussion Paper, 02/03/2020: Preparing for the Conference on the Future of Europe: The ‘known knowns’ of citizens’ participation http://www.epc.eu/en/publications/Preparing-for-the-Conference-o~2fb4e4
Friends of Europe: Insights, 03/03/2020: Conference on the Future of Europe: five reasons for moderate pessimism https://www.friendsofeurope.org/insights/conference-on-the-future-of-europe-five-reasons-for-moderate-pessimism/
EurActiv, 03/03/2020: Let millions of EU citizens engage on the Conference on the Future of Europe https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/opinion/let-millions-of-eu-citizens-engage-on-the-conference-on-the-future-of-europe/
EPC: Commentary, 02/04/2020: How is the COVID-19 crisis serving the EU? https://www.epc.eu/en/Publications/How-is-the-COVID-19-crisis-ser~312dd8
Dublin City University: Brexit Institute: Blog, 15/04/2020: The Conference on the Future of Europe: Reforming the European Union? http://dcubrexitinstitute.eu/2020/04/the-conference-on-the-future-of-europe-reforming-the-european-union/
EurActiv, 13/04/2020: After the pandemic: How to use Conference on Future of Europe to rethink society https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/opinion/after-the-pandemic-how-to-use-conference-on-future-of-europe-to-rethink-society/
Berlin Policy Journal, 28/04/2020: Extra Time https://berlinpolicyjournal.com/extra-time/
openDemocracy: Can Europe Make It?, 11/05/2020: What conference on the “future of Europe”? https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/can-europe-make-it/what-conference-on-the-future-of-europe/
EUObserver, 14/05/2020: What future for the Future of Europe Conference? https://euobserver.com/opinion/148322
Elcano Royal Institute: Expert Comment, 02/06/2020: Expectations, competences and power: understanding the dynamics of EU institutions in tackling the COVID-19 crisis and setting the tone for the Conference on the Future of Europe http://www.realinstitutoelcano.org/wps/portal/rielcano_en/contenido?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/elcano/elcano_in/zonas_in/commentary-toygur-expectations-competences-and-power-understanding-dynamics-eu-institutions-tackling-covid-19-crisis
Social Europe, 04/06/2020: A citizens’ conference on the future of Europe https://www.socialeurope.eu/a-citizens-conference-on-the-future-of-europe
EPRS: Blog, 05/06/2020: European Parliament Position On The Conference On The Future Of Europe https://epthinktank.eu/2020/06/05/european-parliament-position-on-the-conference-on-the-future-of-europe/
EPRS: At a Glance, June 2020: Conference on the Future of Europe https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_ATA(2020)651959
EuroAlter, 01/07/2020: Open Letter to Angela Merkel: For a Citizens-Centered Conference on the Future of Europe https://euroalter.com/open-letter-to-angela-merkel-for-a-citizens-centered-conference-on-the-future-of-europe/
EUObserver, 09/07/2020: Five ideas to reshape 'Conference on Future of Europe' https://euobserver.com/opinion/148794
EPC: Commentary, 15/07/2020: The Conference on the Future of Europe: 3 stumbling blocks to the Joint Declaration https://www.epc.eu/en/publications/The-Conference-on-the-Future-o~35cd70
ENoP: Statements, 16/07/2020: ENoP Statement Conference on the Future of Europe http://www.enop.eu/enop-statement-conference-on-the-future-of-europe/
VoxEurop: Ideas, 24/08/2020: Rise to the challenge, Conference on the future of Europe! https://voxeurop.eu/en/rise-to-the-challenge-conference-on-the-future-of-europe/
VoxEurop: Ideas, 14/09/2020: The recipe for a successful conversation about the future of Europe https://voxeurop.eu/en/the-recipe-for-a-successful-conversation-about-the-future-of-europe/

News
RFI News, 26/11/2019: France and Germany to kiss and make-up with 'future of Europe' conference http://www.rfi.fr/en/europe/20191126-france-and-germany-kiss-and-make-future-europe-conference
Politico, 26/11/2019: Berlin and Paris outline plan for EU makeover https://www.politico.eu/article/berlin-and-paris-outline-plan-for-eu-makeover/
Reuters, 26/11/2019: France and Germany propose EU overhaul after Brexit upheaval https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN1Y028W
EUObserver, 26/11/2019: EU gears up for post-Brexit renovation https://euobserver.com/institutional/146724
Politico, 27/11/2019: EU ambassadors cautious on French-German plan for Europe’s future https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-ambassadors-cautious-plan-for-europe-future-france-germany/
Politico, 04/12/2019: EU leaders task Croatia with figuring out how to talk about the bloc’s future https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-leaders-task-croatia-with-figuring-out-how-to-talk-about-the-blocs-future/
EUObserver, 13/12/2019: EU leaders cagey on 'Future of Europe' conference https://euobserver.com/political/146913
EurActiv, 14/01/2020: Guy Verhofstadt ready to chair citizen consultations on Europe’s future https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/news/guy-verhofstadt-ready-to-chair-citizen-consultations-on-europes-future/
EurActiv, 15/01/2020: Parliament kicks off debate on the Future of Europe conference https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/news/parliament-kicks-off-debate-on-the-future-of-europe-conference/
EUObserver, 15/01/2020: Parliament calls for citizens' 'agoras' to shape future EU https://euobserver.com/institutional/147136
European Western Balkans, 15/01/2020: Bilčik: Candidate countries should be engaged in the Future of Europe Conference https://europeanwesternbalkans.com/2020/01/15/bilcik-candidate-countries-should-be-engaged-in-the-future-of-europe-conference/
Politico, 16/01/2020: Parliament picks Verhofstadt for new president role https://www.politico.eu/article/parliament-picks-guy-verhofstadt-for-new-president-role/
Politico, 20/01/2020: Commission to Parliament: Let’s calm down on EU makeover https://www.politico.eu/article/european-commission-to-parliament-lets-calm-down-on-eu-makeover-ursula-von-der-leyen-emmanuel-macron/
The Dubrovnik Times, 20/01/2020: Dubravka Suica suggests opening of the Conference on the Future of Europe in Dubrovnik https://www.thedubrovniktimes.com/news/dubrovnik/item/8046-dubravka-suica-suggests-opening-of-the-conference-on-the-future-of-europe-in-dubrovnik
Politico, 21/01/2020: Conference on the Future of Europe: Don’t mention the T word https://www.politico.eu/article/conference-on-the-future-of-europe-dont-mention-the-treaty-word-european-commission-parliament-ursula-von-der-leyen/
EurActiv, 22/01/2020: Future of Europe: What happens if a majority of citizens asks for ‘less Europe’? https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/news/future-of-europe-what-happens-if-a-majority-of-citizens-asks-for-less-europe/
EUObserver, 22/01/2020: 'Democracy commissioner' doesn't rule out treaty change https://euobserver.com/institutional/147237
Reuters, 22/01/2020: Citizens to get a say on how EU evolves after Brexit shock https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN1ZL2FR
The Irish Times, 22/01/2020: EU to launch Europe-wide debate on future of the union https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/eu-to-launch-europe-wide-debate-on-future-of-the-union-1.4148139
EUObserver, 13/02/2020: 'Top-down' future of Europe conference 'will fail' warning https://euobserver.com/institutional/147431
EUObserver, 27/05/2020: Future of Europe Conference: Council urged to move now https://euobserver.com/social/148472
Politico, 23/06/2020: Conference on Europe’s future edges closer — but with clear limits https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/23/europe-future-continent-337175
EUObserver, 25/06/2020: Future of Europe: EU Council vetoes treaty change https://euobserver.com/institutional/148755
EUObserver, 14/09/2020: EU regions: pandemic should force decision-making rethink https://euobserver.com/institutional/149416
Politico, 21/09/2020: Conference on EU’s future derailed by leadership fight https://www.politico.eu/article/brussels-descend-into-fight-over-leadership-for-conference-on-eu-future/

Official
EUR-Lex: COM(2020)27: Communication on 'Shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe' https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM:2020:27:FIN
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Resolution on European Parliament's position on the Conference on the Future of Europe https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?reference=2019/2990(RSP)
General Secretariat of the Council: Council's position on the Conference on the Future of Europe, 24 June 2020 https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/44679/st09102-en20.pdf
Conference on the Future of Europe: Franco-German non-paper on key questions and guidelines (via Politico) https://www.politico.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Conference-on-the-Future-of-Europe.pdf
European Parliament: Press Release, 15/01/2020: Citizens to be the cornerstone of the Conference on the Future of Europe https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20200109IPR69906/
European Commission: Press Release, 22/01/2020: Shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_89
European Commission: Shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe – Questions and Answers (22 January 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_20_88
European Commission: Remarks by Commissioner Dubravka Šuica at the College Read-Out: Commission's proposal for the Conference on the Future of Europe (23 January 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_20_108
EU Committee of the Regions: Press Release, 12/02/2020: Local leaders: Conference on the Future of Europe is an opportunity for citizens to change the European Union https://cor.europa.eu/en/news/Pages/Conference-on-the-Future-of-Europe-is-opportunity-to-change-EU.aspx
EU Committee of the Regions: Press Release, 27/02/2020: Conference on the Future of Europe: Union's democratic foundations should be at the core of discussions with citizens https://cor.europa.eu/en/news/Pages/Conference-Future-Europe-CIVEX-debate.aspx
European Parliament: Press Release, 25/05/2020: Conference on the Future of Europe should start by September, say MEPs https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20200520IPR79518/
European Parliament: Press Release, 18/06/2020: Conference on Future of Europe should start “as soon as possible in autumn 2020” https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20200615IPR81226/
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 24/06/2020: Conference on the Future of Europe - Council agrees its position https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2020/06/24/conference-on-the-future-of-europe-council-agrees-its-position/
EU CoR: News, 25/06/2020: COVID-19 crisis has made the need for the Conference on the Future of Europe even more pressing https://cor.europa.eu/en/news/Pages/COVID-19-crisis-has-made-the-need-for-the-Conference-on-the-Future-of-Europe-even-more-pressing.aspx
German Council Presidency: A vibrant civil society and the Conference on the Future of Europe https://www.eu2020.de/eu2020-en/civil-society-conferende-on-the-future-of-europe/2360192
EU EESC: Press Release, 11/09/2020: Conference on the Future of Europe: economic and social councils take the lead https://www.eesc.europa.eu/en/news-media/press-releases/conference-future-europe-economic-and-social-councils-take-lead
European Commission: Speech – “Dialogue on the Future of Europe: how to build a more effective and genuinely strong Union?” (21 September 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2019-2024/suica/announcements/speech-dialogue-future-europe-how-build-more-effective-and-genuinely-strong-union_en

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