The Conference on the Future of Europe
What is the Conference on the Future of Europe?
Launched in Spring 2021, the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) is a participatory process designed to bring together citizens from across Europe to discuss the EU’s challenges and priorities and to determine the collective future that they want to see.
Anyone from across Europe can take part in discussions at EU, national, regional and local level and join the conversation!
The European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament have committed to this dialogue with citizens across Europe and to following up on the recommendations presented to them throughout the Conference process.
By Spring 2022, the Conference will produce conclusions and recommendations for how to approach Europe’s future.
How do I participate?
The #CoFoE is open to all to get involved! You can look for events to attend at EU/national/regional/local level, contribute your ideas and share details and outcomes of events you are organising around the Conference on this multilingual Platform. The platform is the hub of the Conference where you can debate with and interact with ideas from citizens across Europe. It is structured around ten topics, each with their own separate discussion space:
- Climate Change and the Environment
- A stronger economy, social justice and jobs
- EU in the world
- Values and rights, rule of law, security
- Digital transformation
- European democracy
- Education, youth, culture and sport
- Other ideas
The European Youth Forum's position on the Conference
The Conference is a unique opportunity for the institutions to listen, to be bold, to enact real change and to improve the lives of young people across Europe!
Young people in particular have a huge stake in these discussions that will impact their current and future realities and the futures of generations of young Europeans to come. It is essential that their views are heard and acted upon during the Conference process and beyond the immediate lifetime of this exercise.
We therefore call upon the Joint Presidency and CoFoE structures to ensure that:
- Meaningful, diverse youth participation continues throughout the Conference and in all future EU decision making;
- A binding legacy mechanism is enshrined in the Conference follow up to ensure institutional accountability for implementing the Conference recommendations;
- A Positive Youth Employment Journey is a priority theme factored into the recommendations for action coming out of the Conference process.
How else can you get involved?
As the European Youth Forum, we are aware of the risk that youth voices may be diluted within the multilingual Platform. This is why we are gathering specifically young people’s opinions on the future of Europe on the platform of The 25 Percent project. These ideas will be analysed and discussed by young people and will form the basis of a set of generational demands which will be brought to the Conference on the Future of Europe and presented to relevant decision makers.
Despite making up the 25% of the European population, young people face many barriers to having a say on our future. Especially on occasion of the Conference on the Future of Europe, it is important that young voices are listened to. This is why the European Youth Forum, together with 10 national and international youth organisations, is running The 25 Percent project. We want to make sure that your ideas are listened to where decisions are made, and to give you the tools and resources you need to challenge the status quo and take action on the issues you care about. To achieve this, we are working on a variety of actions to collect ideas and engage young people from diverse backgrounds in the process of the Conference, in addition to developing resources designed to enhance political education and build young people’s capacities.
Find out how you can get involved in the project here.