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European Parliament Resolution of 15 January 2020

15 January 2020

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the Conference on the Future of Europe which in particular

- states that at least the following topics should be discussed in the framework of the Conference:

  • European values, fundamental rights and freedoms, democratic and institutional aspects of European integration;
  • Environmental challenges and climate crises, social justice and equality;
  • Economic issues including taxation, digital transformation, security; and
  • The role of the EU in the world;

- assesses that, to prepare well in advance for the 2024 European elections, the Conference should resume the discussion on the system of leading candidates (so-called Spitzenkandidaten) and the issue of transnational lists;

- proposes that the Conference be composed of a number of bodies with different responsibilities, including: Conference Plenum, Citizens' Agora, Youth Agora, Steering Committee, and Executive Coordination Board;

- provides that the Conference Plenum should meet at least twice every six months at the European Parliament, and should be composed of:

  • 135 representatives from the European Parliament;
  • 27 representatives from the Member States in the Council of the EU;
  • 2 to 4 members from each national Parliament;
  • 3 European Commissioners;
  • 4 members each from the Committee of the Regions and from the Economic and Social Committee;
  • 2 members from each social partner at European level.

- proposes that several thematic citizens' agora (with a minimum of two meetings for each thematic agora) be held at different locations throughout the Union, with a maximum of 200-300 citizens and a minimum of three per Member State, calculating their composition based on the principle of degressive proportionality;

- provides that there should be at least two youth agoras, one at the beginning of the Conference and one towards the end, composed of participants aged 16-25 years;

- undertakes to follow up the Conference effectively with legislative proposals, initiating possible Treaty changes or other means, and calls on the Council and the Commission to make the same commitment.

(Source: Italy's Chamber of Deputies)

European Parliament resolution of 15 January 2020 on the European Parliament's position on the Conference on the Future of Europe


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