Future of Europe: first debate on Conference proposals wraps up
The Plenary, the nine Work Groups began to work on the Conference’s final proposals during a meeting that took place in Strasbourg on 25-26 March. Some of these participants also participated online.
All members of the Plenary were able to discuss preliminary drafts that were prepared by the Chairs and the citizens’ spokesperson, with the assistance of the Common Secretariat. These drafts were largely based on European Citizens’ Panels and National Panels. Ideas gathered through Multilingual Digital Platform as well as inputs from Plenary and Working group sessions.
MEPs presented the work of the European Parliament Working Groups and stressed the need to take even the most ambitious citizen proposals seriously. They also pledged to protect the valuable work that European citizens have done during the Conference process. Many MEPs supported the citizens’ recommendations and called for stronger European policies in areas like health, foreign policy, youth education, culture, and international relations. According to some, Europe should be more ambitious and lead digital connectivity. It should also support its SMEs according to others.
Many MEPs stressed that a stronger European Union was also more capable of addressing the conflict in Ukraine. Some viewed the Russian invasion as a turning point in Europe’s future, while others urged the EU to be more prepared for future crises.
The Parliament’s Multimedia Centre has recordings of Working Group meetings. You can catch up on the Plenary’s proceedings by clicking the following links
The next Plenary session will take place in Strasbourg from 8-9 April. Working Groups will present their consolidated proposals at this session. In late April, the Plenary will present its final proposals to the Executive Board by consensus. The final report can then be delivered to the Presidents at the EU institutions in Strasbourg on 9 May.