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Conference on the Future of Europe: Vehicle for reform versus forum for reflection?

At this policy dialogue organised by the research project EU3D, panellists will discuss different options and what they may entail while revisiting the debates on the future of Europe at national and EU-level that have been conducted thus far and their patterns, including preliminary findings on national parliamentary debates.

Date: June 16, 2021, 11:00 am Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

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Bruegel · Conference on the Future of Europe: Vehicle for reform versus forum for reflection?

On Europe day (9 May) and after several delays, the EU launched the Conference on the Future of Europe. The purpose of the long-awaited Conference is, according to the Joint Declaration of March 2021, to “open a new space for debate with citizens to address Europe’s challenges and priorities.” There is a widely shared (albeit not uncontested) view that the EU is in great need of reform. The Eurozone and refugee crises, the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the challenges associated with Brexit, the rise of populism, and a less rule-governed and predictable global order have raised concerns about the Union’s resilience and ability to deliver solutions to pressing problems. Further, there are serious concerns about the EU’s democratic deficit and its weak connection to citizens.

The Conference will devise platforms and forums for active engagement with citizens. The question is what that amounts to, and the impact the Conference will have. From the three institutions’ proposals (the European Parliament, Commission and Council) two different visions have emerged of what these platforms and bodies will look look and the anticipated result of the consultations.

We can group these two visions under the headings of ‘vehicle for reform’ and ‘forum for reflection’. The Parliament wants the process to be an exercise in participatory democracy and result in tangible reforms. Conversely, the Council has tried to scale down the scope of citizens’ participation and has explicitly stated that the process should not lead to treaty changes. At this policy dialogue organised by the research project EU3D panellists will discuss the different options and what they may entail while revisiting the debates on the future of Europe at national and EU-level that have been conducted thus far and their patterns, including preliminary findings on national parliamentary debates.

At this discussion we aimed to establish to what extent the Conference can serve as a pan-EU undertaking and the extent to which it will be possible to turn the Conference from a forum for reflection into a reform vehicle.

The policy brief and a research brief (with some preliminary findings on the research on the future of Europe debate in national parliaments) are now online and available to read! You can also subscribe to the latest EU3D project news!

Schedule

June 16, 2021

11:00-11:05

Opening

Guntram B. Wolff, Director

11:05-11:15

Opening speech

Manfred Weber, Chair of the EPP Group, European Parliament

11:15-11:20

Comments on Chairman Weber's speech

Sergio Fabbrini, Dean of the Department of Political Science, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli

11:20-11:25

CoFoE: vehicle for reform or forum for reflection?

John Erik Fossum, Professor, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo; EU3D coordinator

11:25-11:30

Presentation - Findings from the parliamentary debates

Magdalena Góra, Associate Professor, Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University

11:30-11:35

Comments/reflections

Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor European Integration, Boston University

11:35-11:55

Q&A

11:55-12:00

Closing remarks

Guntram B. Wolff, Director

Speakers

Sergio Fabbrini

Dean of the Department of Political Science, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli

John Erik Fossum

Professor, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo; EU3D coordinator

Magdalena Góra

Associate Professor, Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University

Vivien Schmidt

Jean Monnet Professor European Integration, Boston University

Manfred Weber

Chair of the EPP Group, European Parliament

Guntram B. Wolff

Director

Location & Contact

Katja Knezevic

[email protected]

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