Conference on the Future of Europe

Date
June 2021 - June 2022
Customer
European Parliament, Council and European Commission
Intervention
Organizing the interface with the Commission services, the core team and the experts, and in a later stage, the team of the governance body of the CoFE.
As a major pan-European democratic exercise and joint effort by the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission, the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFE) will be a new public forum for an open, inclusive, transparent and structured dialogue with citizens around a number of key priorities and challenges. An important feature of the Conference will be the organisation of pan-European citizens’ panels.

CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVES

The aim of the Conference on the Future of Europe is to provide a forum for discussion with the public about crucial issues of importance for the EU’s medium and long-term development. Such issues include the future of Europe’s economic and social system, sustainability, climate protection, innovation, digital transformation and the EU’s core values. The conference will also explore the lessons that Europe can learn from the pandemic. The goal is to draw up proposals for concrete measures.

TERMS OF THE MISSION

The contractor, in close cooperation with the Commission, is asked to: Organise several (3-5) design workshops, involving in-house and external experts (identified by the EC), in order to refine the general concept of the panels and their interaction with the rest of the COFE as well as develop a consistent deliberative protocol. Identify the proper timeline and human resources needed, from both a logistical and an animation/ facilitation/interpretation point of view. Help prepare the supporting materials and documentation needed for the methodology as well as lists of experts and facilitators. Help to train the teams whether inside or outside the institutions, that could be involved in organising and accompanying the panels. Help to identify and contract the proper digital or onsite solutions that will allow a flexible approach to the organisation of the panels, depending on the methodology and the health conditions.

“People need to be at the very centre of all our policies. It is only together that we can build our Union of tomorrow.

Ursula von der Leyen

President of the European Commission

ADDED VALUE

Policymakers need input from an active civil society and a strong European public discourse. We can only shape the future of the European Union by working together. 

This is also the aim of the cultural programme of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This programme highlights the diversity and vibrancy of European civil society and allows young people in particular to be heard. 

During its Presidency of the Council, Germany will work to ensure that the voice of European civil society is heard more clearly. How do people envisage the future of Europe? How should the European Union develop further? What do people think the European project will look like in 10 or 20 years? How has the COVID-19 crisis changed perceptions of Europe? What do we expect of Europe?