Conference on the Future of Europe: European Citizens’ Panels set to start

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The European Citizens’ Panels will kick off their deliberations with the first 200-citizen meeting between 17 and 19 September in Strasbourg, EP Press service reported. The first sessions of all four Panels will take place on Parliament’s premises in Strasbourg and begin working on draft recommendations within each Panel’s remit. This first European Citizens’ Panel will focus on a stronger economy, social justice, jobs/education, youth, culture, and sport/digital transformation, based on citizens’ contributions collected from across Europe on the Multilingual Digital Platform, as well as support and presentations from prominent academics.

Each European Citizens’ Panel will establish its working methods, select the 20 citizens per Panel who will participate in the Conference Plenary, and confirm the composition of its working groups. Citizens have been chosen randomly by specialist contractors on behalf of the EU institutions, using methodologies that ensure that they are representative of the EU's diversity in terms of geographic origin, gender, age, socioeconomic background and level of education. Young people between 16 and 25 make up one-third of each panel. These citizens will come up with ideas and recommendations that will feed into the overall Conference deliberations, in particular into the Conference Plenaries, and ultimately into the report on its final outcome.

The European Citizens’ Panels are a central feature of the Conference organised by the European Parliament, Council and Commission. The topics for discussion for each of the Panels are:

(1) Stronger economy, social justice, jobs/education, youth, culture, sport/digital transformation(first meeting: 17-19 September);

(2) European democracy/values and rights, rule of law, security (first meeting: 24-26 September)

(3) Climate change, environment/health (first meeting: 1-3 October);

(4) EU in the world/migration (first meeting: 15-17 October).

The second set of sessions will be held in remote format throughout November, while the third and final sessions will take place in December 2021 and January 2022 at educational institutions in Ireland, Italy, Poland and the Netherlands.

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