1. Sustainability, including green and just transition and climate neutrality by 2050
  • Climate change and environmental protection
  1. Sustainable and inclusive growth
  2. Cohesion, convergence and regional development
  3. Equality and social justice
  4. Societal challenges
  • Public health
  • Demographic challenges
  • Generational, territorial and educational divides and inequalities
  • Equality between women and men
  • Adequate social protection and inclusive labour markets
  • Comprehensive approach to migration challenges
  1. Innovation, competitiveness and digital transformation
  • Fair competition
  • Skills and future of work
  • Research and development
  1. Fundamental values, rights and freedoms
  • Democracy
  • Equality
  • Rule of law
  • Pluralism
  • Freedom of expression
  • Countering disinformation and strengthening trust in public institutions
  • Inclusiveness
  • Role of education and culture
  1. International role of the EU
  • Addressing geopolitical challenges in the post COVID-19 global environment
  • Interests and values
  • Strategic autonomy
  • Multilateralism and cooperation
  • Security and defence
  • Trade and value chains
  • Border protection
  • EU's external action.

Cross-cutting issues related to the EU’s ability to deliver on policy priorities

  • Better regulation
  • Application of subsidiarity and proportionality
  • Implementation and enforcement of the acquis
  • Transparency

The Conference should become an opportunity for a discussion involving institutions and citizens on the directions and results of European policies. The Conference should focus on the concerns and wishes of citizens and not on institutional issues.

The European institutions are committing themselves to engage with citizens for democracy and building a more resilient Europe. The Conference is described as a citizen focused and bottom-up exercise for Europeans to have their way on what they expect from the EU.

At the European level, the organisers commit to organise European citizens’ panels. Input from all conference events will be collected, analysed and published via a multilingual digital platform. A feedback mechanism will ensure that the ideas expressed during the conference events will result in concrete recommendations for EU action. At the European panels, citizens with the support of independent experts may develop their own policy proposals for each theme.

It is also possible that citizens will be able to vote via the online platform on which policy proposals are best and most important.

Effective involvement of citizens

Effective involvement of citizens and stakeholders through debates, including at national and regional level, and through multilingual internet/digital platform(s) and citizens' panels in Member States and at European level. The use of multilingual online platforms and other digital engagement efforts and activities would be of key importance, especially if at the start or during the Conference social distancing measures and similar restrictions in the context of COVID-19 remain in place. The participation of representatives from civil society and citizens should be actively sought and facilitated. Each Member State and institution can organise events, in line with their own national or institutional specificities when deciding on the format(s) of events, and make contributions to the Conference.

Dubravka Sucia, the European Commissioner leading the work on deliberative democracy and the Conference on the Future of Europe.

e-mail :



Add new comment