The Conference on the Future of Europe, a citizen-led series of debates and discussions that will enable people from across Europe to share their ideas and help shape our common future, was officially launched on Sunday on the occasion of Europe Day.
The formal ceremony of the opening of the event was held in Strasbourg, France, the seat of the European Parliament.
The ceremony was addressed by French President Emmanuel Macron, European Parliament President David Sassoli, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister Antonio Costa of Portugal, the current chair of the Council of the European Union.
About 500 participants, citizens of the EU and civil society associations’ activists participated in Sunday's video conference and the Conference executive board’ co-chairpersons answered their questions.
Citizens will have the chance to reshape Europe in the changing global context marked by Brexit, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of nationalism.
One of those co-chairpersons is Croatia's Dubravka Šuica, the European Commission’s Vice President for Democracy and Demography.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković commented on the launch of the year-long Conference on the Future of Europe, saying it was a chance for all stakeholders to be engaged in discussions and present ideas and proposals conducive to the improvement of the functioning of the EU and making it more prepared to deal with global challenges.
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