25 Jan, 2022

Citizen recommendations at the core of the third COFOE plenary

On 21-22 January, the third plenary dedicated to the Conference on the Future of Europe took place in Strasbourg. Representatives from national, regional and European levels together with citizens discussed key elements of the Conference, including recommendations from the European and National Citizens’ Panels on issues related to EU democracy, fundamental values and rights and, rule of law and security as well as climate change, environment and health.

During the plenary session two representatives of Renew Europe in the Committee of the Regions Clotilde Armand, Mayor of Bucharest, and Cees Loggen, President of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) intervened on health and climate change. You can read more about their interventions here.

In connection with this plenary, the Renew Europe Group organised a Caucus meeting on 21 January attended by national and European representatives from the liberal family, including Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP, ALDE Party Acting Co-President and Dita Charanzová MEP, ALDE Party Vice-President.

The participants discussed the work of the working groups concerning the recommendations of the European Citizens’ Panels. Moreover, the Renew Europe Group in the Committee of the Regions and LYMEC shared their priorities.

The meeting was chaired by Guy Verhofstadt MEP, co-chair of the COFOE Executive Board, Věra Jourová, EU Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency and member of the COFOE Executive Board, and Clément Beaune, Secretary of State for European Affairs in France and also member of the COFOE Executive Board.

You can find pictures of Renew Europe’s COFOE Caucus meeting here.

ALDE Party remains committed to fostering an honest debate about the future of Europe with its Action Plan on the Future of Europe, which includes a dedicated digital hub, a series of townhall meetings, named in honour of our late President Hans van Baalen and organised with ALDE Party member parties, as well as an ALDE Conference dedicated to the Conference on the Future of Europe. Find out more here.

The entire plenary session is available here and here. You can see some of the key highlights here.

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