The Conference on the Future of Europe

Enabling European Citizens to share their ideas to shape our common future!


What is the Conference about?

The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) is an initiative of the European Union with the purpose of analysing what reforms should be made to its policies and institutions looking at the medium and long term.

The Conference will enable EU citizens -and particularly young people- to share their ideas and help to shape our common future!


Where does this idea come from?

In March 2019 the French President Emmanuel Macron launched the idea of a Conference for Europe in order to propose all the changes that the European project needs”.

After her election in July 2019, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen supported the idea by confirming that the Conference should start in 2020 and run for two years. 

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed its launching until the Europe Day (9 May) 2021. The Conference will finally last for one year, until Spring 2022.

Explanatory video prepared by the European Parliament

What is the Conference's goal?

The Conference aims at debating the issues that matter to EU citizens and affect their daily lives to change Europe into a better place for everyone.

It will be a new public forum for an open, inclusive, transparent and structured debate, and every single European citizen should be able to introduce new issues on the agenda.

What will be the most relevant topics of the CoFoE?

Climate change & the environment


A stronger economy, social justice and jobs

The EU in the World

Values and rights, rule of law, security

Digital Transformation

European Democracy


Education, Culture, Youth & Sport

Other ideas

How will it work?

Events and Meetings

The CoFoE will not consist of a single event, but of a series of physical and digital meetings, panels and debates involving European citizens.

Both physical (when COVID-19 restrictions allow it) and online events will be organised at different transnational, national and regional levels. At the European level, the EU institutions will be responsible for organising the citizens’ panels, which will be broadcasted live.

Besides Conference plenaries, events can be classified in these two main categories:

  • Decentralised events – online, face-to-face and hybrid events held by all kinds of actors: people, organisations and national, regional or local authorities.
  • European Citizens’ Panels – will discuss different topics and be representative in terms of geographic origin, gender, age, socioeconomic background and/or level of education.
  • Conference Plenary Assembly

The Online Platform

Presented in April 2021, the multilingual digital platform of the Conference ( will play a key role, enabling all the EU citizens -but also public actors & all kinds of organisations from civil society- to provide their views & opinions on any relevant topic for the future of Europe.

Hence, the platform will allow people to…

  • Share their own ideas, and approve or comment on those of others, in any of the 24 EU official languages.
  • Access a map of events (digital, hybrid or physical) and register to participate.
  • Upload information about their own organised events.

How will the Conference be structured?

Its main organs


    The Conference will have a triple Joint Presidency, composed of the Presidents of the EC, the EP and the rotating Presidency of the Council, namely Ursula von der Leyen, David Sassoli and -as of first term of 2021- the Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa.

    Executive Board

    The Executive Board will oversee the work of the conference and prepare the plenary meetings of the conference, including the feedback of citizens’ contributions. It will oversee the Conference as it progresses, prepare the meetings of the Conference Plenary (including citizens’ input) and draw and publish the its conclusions. Its decisions will be taken on a consensus basis.

    It will be composed by three representative of the Renew Europe (Guy Verhofstadt), EPP (Manfred Weber) and S&D (Iratxe García) EP groups, with Gerolf Annemans (ID), Daniel Freund (Greens/EFA), Zdzisław Krasnodębski (ECR) and Helmut Scholz (The Left) with an observer role.

    Joint Secretariat

    The Joint Secretariat will assist the Executive board, and will be composed of one representative from each of the main EU institution, namely EU Commission Vice President Dubravka Šuica, Ana Paula Zacarias (from the EUCO Portuguese Presidency) and MEP Guy Verhofstadt representing the European Parliament.

    Conference Plenary Assembly

    The Plenary Assembly of the Conference will meet every six months to ensure that citizens’ proposals are discussed in the forum. It will be composed by representatives from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission, representatives from all national Parliaments, on an equal footing and citizens; representatives from the Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Committee, social partners and civil society.

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    The first European Citizens’ Panels in a nutshell

    The first two European Citizens’ Panel took place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg gathering 400 people on 17-19 September and 24-26 September

    The European Citizens’ Panels: facilitating citizens’ opinion exchange at the EU level

    European Citizens’ Panels are forums structured by the main institutions to facilitate citizens’ opinion exchange on how the EU should be changed.

    Our Ambassadors, ready to kick off our events all around Europe!

    Our Ambassadors for the Future of Europe will organise at least one event promoting young people’s participation in the Conference in the Future of Europe.

    Green Biennium: “What will be the European path of ecological transition?”

    The two analysts of the Centro Studi Internazionali Simone Biggio and Stefania Calciati are contributing to the debate of the BIENNIO EUROPEO project on Linkiesta

    The EUth Pages for Europe project kicks off its activities with its training session for Ambassadors!

    Over eighty Ambassadors for the Future of Europe from many different European member states participated in the EUth Pages for Europe Training two-session event for Ambassadors for the Future on Monday 28 June & Thursday 1 July 2021.

    “The EU Recovery is the defibrillator of our economy”: read the article by Davide Orsitto and Domenico Licheri on Linkiesta

    The next 24 months will be decisive for the future of the Union, individual Member States and citizens, with new challenges, deadlines, new beginnings, and changes at the international level. The Erasmo Association has chosen to focus its attention on this time frame, to analyze the events scheduled with the partnerships of garagErasmus, Linkiesta, Spinelli Group, Re-Generation, Antonio Megalizzi Foundation, Cultura Italiae, Community of Connections, Italiacamp and A2A.

    Call for Ambassadors4EUFuture: let’s write the EUth Pages for the future of Europe together!

    Would you like to do your bit for the Conference on the Future of Europe debates? Become an Ambassador4EUFuture and help us to give a voice to the European youth!

    The future is in your hands: the new multilingual digital platform for the COFOE is out

    The new multilingual digital platform for the Conference on the Future of Europe is out: a place where all the contributions will be brought together and shared!

    The project was co-financed by the European Union in the frame of the European Parliament’s grant programme in “Youth engagement on the Conference of the future of Europe”. The European Parliament was not involved in its preparation and is, in no case, responsible for or bound by the information or opinions expressed in the context of this project. In accordance with applicable law, the authors, interviewed people, publishers or programme broadcasters are solely responsible. The European Parliament can also not be held liable for direct or indirect damage that may result from the implementation of the project.