After a year-long delay, the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) has still to be launched. Uncertainty prevails over many of the detail but it is already quite clear that the CoFoE will involve citizens – at all levels of governance in the EU – to get them to reflect and debate on the Union’s future direction. This means that the member states will have to partake in the EU-wide effort to beef up the participatory dimension of the Conference. What are different stakeholders in the national, regional or local arenas in the member states doing at present to prepare for this role? What kind of events should the member states organise to engage their citizens in the CoFoE context? How should diverse national debates be linked to one another and to the European level discussions? What are the risks, challenges and opportunities in establishing a national participatory dimension to the Conference?
This Policy Dialogue will discuss the national elements of the Conference on the Future of Europe with policymakers and experts from across the EU. The interactive online debate will be moderated by Corina Stratulat, Senior Policy Analyst and Head of the EPC European Politics and Institutions Programme.