Govt appoints Estonia's representatives for Conference on Future of Europe

  • 2021-06-03
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The Estonian government will be represented at the plenary meetings of the Conference on the Future of Europe by the minister responsible for the area to be discussed and by the minister of foreign affairs.

The Conference on the Future of Europe is a citizen-led series of debates and discussions that will enable people from across Europe to share their ideas and help shape the future of Europe. Proposals can be submitted in the course of the conference via a digital platform, decentralized events and European citizens' panels. The proposals will be discussed at conference plenaries.

Altogether ten topics are planned to be addressed at the conference -- climate change end the environment; health; stronger economy, social justice and jobs; EU in the world; values and rights, rule of law, security and safety; digital transformation; European democracy; migration; education, culture, young people and sport; and other ideas. 

The opening event of the Conference on the Future of Europe was held in Strasbourg on May 9 and the conference will end during the French presidency in spring 2022. The Council of the European Union, European Commission and the European Parliament have undertaken the obligation to implement the proposals listed in the final report in accordance with the European treaties.

The European Commission Representation in cooperation with the Government Office and other participants are planning to hold a discussion on the future of Europe as par of the Opinion Festival in Estonia in August. Local debates on the future of the EU are also planned to be held in six regions in Estonia.

Ministries and interest groups can contribute to the conference by organizing events or seminars on the EU and by registering them via the digital platform .