EU gives further boost to the Conference on the Future of Europe
Brussels (Brussels Morning) The Conference on the Future of Europe received a further boost on 10 March with the signing of the Joint Declaration by the European Parliament’s President David Sassoli, by Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa (on behalf of the Council), and by EC President Ursula von der Leyen.
With Euroscepticism gaining ground, the complex issues of the socio-political and economic diversity of candidate states and rising criticism from countries hardest hit by the Eurozone crisis, such as Italy and Greece, the bloc finds itself trying to make headway at a disharmonious time, perhaps best exemplified by the Brexit negotiations that culminated in the UK’s departure from the EU. To offset the scepticism and disgruntlement, the EU is seeking ways to ensure greater citizen participation and involvement in sustaining the process and the momentum of the Union.
The increased voter turnout during the 2019 European election is a sign that “reflects the growing interest of European citizens” in playing a more active role in deciding the future of the Union and its policies, it believes.
The Joint Declaration serves as an invitation to a series of debates and discussions designed to enable EU citizens from every corner of the bloc to share their ideas and help shape EU policies and aspirations.