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The Conference on the Future of Europe

  •   The future of legal Europe – will we trust in it?
Tuesday, 11 May 2021, 17:30-19:30 CEST

Trier/Online, 11 May 2021

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ERA's first conference as part of the Conference on the Future of Europe

In her candidate’s speech to the European Parliament in July 2019, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pledged to set up a conference to examine the mid- and long-term perspectives of the EU aiming to develop a strategy involving citizens and not excluding institutional reforms. This Conference on the Future of Europe has now been formally launched by the three presidents of Parliament, Council and Commission through a joint declaration signed on 10 March 2021.

As in former reform processes of the EU, ERA will closely monitor and enrich the unfolding debate through a series of own conferences and discussion fora with a particular focus on the legal aspects of the ongoing analysis and emerging proposals. The series will take off with this event: A panel of two key politicians with a legal background – Vice Presidents Vĕra Jourová of the Commission and Katarina Barley of the Parliament – will discuss aims and procedure of the Conference with an academic, Professor Peter-Christian Müller-Graff (Heidelberg), and with ERA’s former director Wolfgang Heusel.

Professor Müller-Graff will give a tour d’horizon of the most pertinent areas of EU policy as reflected in the list of topics for the Conference (such as climate change and the Green Deal, digital transformation, migration, the EU in the world) which might require legislative programmes similar to the Single Market legislative packages of the ’80s and ’90s. Vice President Jourová, the Commission’s official representative on the Conference Executive Board with a special mandate to look at ways to improving the lead candidate system and at the issue of transnational lists, and Vice President Barley will then present ambitions and expectations of their respective institutions, before the floor will be opened to the audience.

For more information on the Conference on the Future of Europe click here Conference on the Future of Europe (europa.eu)


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