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Conference Conversations #12: The end of the Conference on the Future of Europe: Where do we go from here?

With the conclusion of the Conference on the Future of Europe on 9 May, how will the EU proceed with what has been achieved and what impact will the conference ultimately have? In our discussion series "Conference Conversations", we discuss these and other questions regarding the future of the Conference on the Future of Europe with European Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica and MEP Daniel Freund on 24 May 2022.

Contact Person:

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Dr. Dominik Hierlemann
Senior Advisor


This edition of Conference Conversations follows the official close of the Conference on the Future of Europe on 9 May and the presentation of the final report to the presidents of the three main EU institutions. We bring together key players to take stock of the Conference and discuss how the results can and will be taken forward.

Our panellists will discuss whether they see a future for the Conference and how the perspectives could look like in the months and years to come. How will the interinstitutional cooperation in taking the citizens’ proposals forward continue? How has the Conference changed discussions on participatory democracy in the EU? Is there an institutional appetite to encourage more such exercises in participatory democracy to change the status quo? Can, and should, citizens be involved in EU decision-making on a more permanent or regular basis? What are the institutional perspectives on holding a Convention and possible treaty changes? And how can one make sure that the Union will reform itself in light of the new era we live in since the war of aggression against Ukraine?

We look forward to discussing these and other questions online on 24 May, 15.30-16.30 CET, with 

Dubravka Šuica, European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography
Daniel Freund, Member of the European Parliament Delegation to the Conference on the Future ofEurope
Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Director of Studies, European Policy Centre
Dominik Hierlemann, Senior Expert, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Moderated by Jacki Davis, Moderator, Meade Davis Communications.


Conference Conversations is part of the Conference Observatory, a joint initiative by an international consortium comprising the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the European Policy Centre, the King Baudouin Foundation, and the Stiftung Mercator. The Conference Observatory aims to observe, critically analyse and inspire the Conference deliberations. Based on the lessons learned, the initiative will also develop proposals aiming to improve the EU’s future participatory and democratic architecture.