On 22-23 October, the second plenary dedicated to the Conference on the Future of Europe took place in Strasbourg. European and national representatives together with citizens discussed key elements of the Conference, including the citizens’ contributions stemming from European and national panels, the European Youth Event and the Conference platform.
Moreover, a total of 9 thematic Working Groups* were constituted on the first day of the plenary session. Věra Jourová, EU Commission Vice-President of Values and Transparency, will be leading the working group on Values and rights, rule of law and security.
In his opening speech as co-chair of the Conference Executive Board, Guy Verhofstadt MEP praised the citizen’s enthusiasm which was reflected in the numerous ideas provided by them and reminded the importance of having concrete follow-up actions.
“The enthusiasm in the Citizens’ Panels is great, expectations are high, the formula is working. Now the Plenary has to find answers to the issues raised, in the form of a shared vision of Europe’s future and concrete deliverables on how we reform the European Union. EU politics have to rise to the occasion,” he said.
In connection with this plenary, the Renew Europe Group organised a Caucus meeting on 22 October attended by national and European representatives from the liberal family. They discussed the work of the working groups as well as the first inputs obtained from the various citizens’ events that have been held so far.
ALDE Party is committed to fostering an honest debate about the future of Europe. This is why earlier this year we launched an 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 Conference-dedicated Working Groups will give input to prepare the debates and the proposals of the Conference dedicated Plenary. The themes covered are: (1) Climate Change and Environment; (2) Health; (3) Economy, Social Justice and Jobs; (4) EU in the World; (5) Values and rights, Rule of Law and Security; (6) Digital Transformation; (7) European Democracy; (8) Migration; and (9) Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.
It was good to attend the 2nd #CoFoE Plenary in Strasbourg today. I am glad to see a high level involvement of young people and civil society in our debates. The train has left the station and it goes in a right direction. pic.twitter.com/nzFQ5OG4vs— Věra Jourová (@VeraJourova) October 23, 2021
🇪🇺 Our MEPs & Members of national parliaments are in Strasbourg taking part in the #COFOE.— Renew Europe (@RenewEurope) October 24, 2021
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