The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) is an opportunity for European citizens to debate and have a say on Europe’s challenges and priorities. The EU institutions have committed to listen to Europeans and to follow-up, within their sphere of competences, on the recommendations made. By Spring 2022, the Conference is expected to reach conclusions and provide guidance on the future of Europe.
SOLIDAR works towards making the Conference on the Future of Europe participatory and reflecting the great diversity of European civil society, and for voicing in its Plenary the position of our membership. We do so thanks to the representation in the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe, which gathers over 75 European networks and platforms with constituencies across Europe, uniting millions of citizens active in all areas of life: from education to culture, social inclusive, environment, governance and transparency. It was initiated by Civil Society Europe, of which SOLIDAR is a co-founder, to create a link between civil society organisations and the institutional setting of CoFoE, in order to ensure that citizens’ proposals and concerns will be taken into account in the agenda setting, discussions and are followed up with themost adequate and concrete policy, legislative and, if relevant, treaty change solutions. Within the Convention, SOLIDAR is coordinating the cluster Social Europe which will lead to a comprehensive set of proposals contributing to the overall CSOs’ vision for the future of European democracy and the priorities for the EU. The proposals developed by the thematic clusters will be presented and discussed in the plenary sessions of the Convention and sent to decision-makers, media, and civil society all around Europe.
The delegation of the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe is composed of Elisa Gambardella (SOLIDAR), Alexandrina Najmowicz (European Civic Forum), Milosh Ristovski (Young European Federalists), Patrizia Heidegger (European Environmental Bureau - Green 10) and Ioannis Vardakastanis (European Disability Forum).
On 19 June, SOLIDAR participated in the long-awaited first session of the Plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe together with four fellow delegates from the Civil Society Convention. Following the intense and constructive mobilisation of 80 European networks and platforms that co-signed the Joint Declaration, and building upon the first round of meetings of its thematic clusters and of the plenary, the Convention has voiced its members’ asks, hopes and concerns with regards to the process.
SOLIDAR's intervention focused on the need for the Conference to “bring real change and concrete outcomes in order to help rebuild trust in people's power to have a say individually and collectively on the political choices and the policies that affect our lives.” The Civil Society Convention expressed their willingness to make the Conference “the EU’s opportunity to act upon what the people of Europe demand for the truly Just Transition, to tackle the persisting inequalities and to address the intersection of discriminations that prevent too many from enjoying all rights and possibilities”.
Listen to the statement of Alexandrina Najmowicz of the Europan Civic Forum, as Civil Society representative at the First Plenary.