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Future of Europe: Citizens discuss foreign policy and migration




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People from across the EU met in Strasbourg to discuss trade, relations with the US and China and Europe’s approach to migration 15-17 October, EU affairs.

This was the last of four European citizens’ panel that will provide input from ordinary Europeans to the conclusions of the Conference on the Future of Europe. The focus was on the EU’s role in the world and migration policy.

A total of 200 participants from all EU countries met in Parliament’s buildings to start a debate on how the EU should exert influence on the global stage, whether there should be an EU army and what to do with irregular migrants arriving on Europe’s shores.

“I didn't expect it, but I feel really good [about the discussion]. I feel like something is moving in Europe. They [the EU institutions] are intending to move something, and hopefully not just on a superficial level but on a substance level,” said panellist Sotiria from Greece.


In search of common solutions

In discussions with experts, Europeans raised questions about EU relations with the US and China; arms exports from EU countries; and how feasible it is for the EU to speak with one voice at the UN Security Council.

They also wanted to know why EU countries do not do more to train unskilled migrants and what the obstacles are to a uniform asylum system in Europe.


Joachim from Luxembourg said: “We are facing immigration from third countries, economic immigration, pushbacks at the border. Migration is an extremely complex issue and I find that it is up to Europe, as a bloc, as a unit of cultural values, to find a solution.”

Issues to be discussed

At the first of the three sessions of the panel, participants identified issues to be discussed in the next two sessions:

  • Self-reliance and stability
  • The EU as an international partner
  • A strong EU in a peaceful world
  • Migration from a human perspective
  • Responsibility and solidarity across the EU

The objective is to come up with recommendations about EU policy. They selected 20 representatives to join the Conference Plenary and present the outcome of their work.

In her welcome speech, Dubravka Šuica, European Commission vice-president and co-chair of the executive board of the Conference on the Future of Europe, underlined the commitment of EU institutions to act on citizens’ ideas.

“We open up a truly European public space, where from mountains to islands, from Lapland to Lisbon, you can share your ideas with others, appreciate different perspectives, and most importantly, you have the real possibility to make your voice heard and to stimulate change

What’s next?

The meeting of the fourth citizens’ panel concludes the first round of European citizens’ panels.

The fourth panel will meet again online 26-28 November and in person 14-16 January in Maastricht, the Netherlands, where they should finalise their recommendations.

The Conference on the Future of Europe meets in plenary 22-23 October to discuss progress so far and hear recommendations from young people, developed during the European youth Event.

The Conference’s conclusions. taking into account recommendations from the panels, are expected in spring 2022.

Get involved and share your ideas for the future of Europe on the Conference platform.

Find out what was discussed by the first, the second and the third citizens’ panels.

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European Year of Youth 2022: Ideas and expectations from young people wanted!



Following the adoption of the formal proposal to make 2022 the European Year of Youth a reality, the Commission is now calling on young people to share their expectations, interests and ideas of what they want the Year to achieve and to look like. The survey launched today will help clarify the themes, types of activities as well as the lasting legacy young people want to see from the European Year of Youth. It will remain open until 17 November 2021. Europe needs the vision, engagement and participation of all young people to build a better future, that is greener, more inclusive and digital. By organising a European Year of Youth, Europe is striving to give young people more and better opportunities for the future. Proposed by President von der Leyen in her State of the Union address, the Year will include a series of events and activities for young people. The idea is to boost the efforts of the EU, Member States, regional and local authorities in recognising youth's efforts during the pandemic and supporting and engaging with young people as we emerge from it. Further calls throughout 2022 will allow us to collect more ideas to include in the process and take the temperature on how the year is progressing. Young people will guide the process before and during the Year so that they can benefit from the Year to the fullest.

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Young people for the future of Europe: Register now for #EYE2020



EYE 2020Don't miss your chance to take part in the European Youth Event

Take part in the European Youth Event (EYE) in Strasbourg on 29-30 May and help shape the future of Europe with other young Europeans.

Are you young and passionate about the environment, opportunities for young people or the future of Europe? We have just the event for you.

Every two years, thousands of young Europeans gather in Strasbourg for the European Youth Event to share their ideas for the future of Europe. The EYE offers young people a chance to have a voice in European democracy. Some 9,000 Europeans aged 16 to 30 are expected to take part; to share their ideas about the future of Europe and discuss them with MEPs and other European decision makers.

This year marks the fourth edition. It takes place on 29-30 May 2020 in Strasbourg. The theme is “the future is now” and the programme includes the enviroment, migration and Brexit as well as education, technology and health. The programme will also include new formats such as sports activities and a special event for young journalists.

The ideas put forward during the event will be gathered in a report and shared with MEPs. The best ideas will be discussed with parliamentary committees in the autumn.



You can register for EYE2020 until 29 February. All you need to do is gather a group of minimum 10 participants and fill in the online form.

The event is open to all Europeans aged 16 to 30. Participation is free, but participants have to cover their own costs for transportation, accommodation and meals.


Instagram photo contest

Join our Instagram photo contest and you could win an invite to the EYE.

Simply share a photo with ‘the future is now’ slogan, tag @europeanparliament@ep_eye and add the hashtag #eye2020. Tell us what matters most to you and what you think the EU should be focusing on. Find examples here to get inspired.

We will pick four winners and a fifth winner will be chosen from the most liked photos among the weekly regrams on the Parliament’s account. All five winners will be invited to EYE2020 in Strasburg.

The competition runs until 2 March. Find more info about the rules on the Instagram page of the EYE and the European Parliament.

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#EYE2018: 'You are the children of a modern, democratic and open Europe'



More than 8,000 young people descended on the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 1-2 June to discuss their ideas for a better Europe. Here are some of the highlights.

Inspiring ideas, renewed energy, fresh inspiration for Europe's future: EYE 2018 was the third edition of Parliament’s European Youth Event 
Opening EYE 2018, President Antonio Tajani told participants that they have "a vital role to play in building the Europe of tomorrow”. 
The President told those in attendance at EYE 2018 that they were “the children of a modern, democratic and open Europe”. 
EYE featured debates on topics including the digital revolution, the impact of globalisation, the future of Europe and climate change. 
The 100 best ideas emerging from the EYE workshops and debates will be included in the EYE 2018 report. 
The best of these ideas will also be presented to Parliament committees in the autumn. 
EYE 2018 took place less than one year ahead of the next European elections in May 2019.  
It marked the launch of the website to motivate young people to make their voices heard ahead of the EU elections. 

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