Conference on the Future of Europe

The Danish Board of Technology (DBT) is a partner in the planning of the Conference on the Future of Europe. An ambitious project that gives the DBT the opportunity to draw on our entire 30-year experience of involvement and collaboration across complex projects and agendas.

– A historic civic engagement about the future of Europe!

 In the autumn of 2021 and the spring of 2022, a historic citizen engagement will take place across Europe’s countries. The aim is to hear what the EU’s own citizens have of hopes and dreams for the community and what challenges and opportunities, according to the citizens, lurk in the future. It must help to ensure that the EU faces a hopeful future and that the EU remains relevant and important to all its citizens.
The EU is the most successful peace project in history
With its 447 million citizens, 24 languages ​​and the world’s second largest overall economy, the EU is a complex region and yet since 1993 the EU has been a guarantor of peace through increasing cooperation and trade. EU trade relations and humanitarian aid have affected the rest of the world international law. Despite the success story, the future of the EU is unclear. After Brexit, it has become clear that further expansion of the EU is no longer a given, and with changing superpowers on the international stage and global challenges such as climate change on the horizon, the EU’s role and responsibilities are up for debate – both in the European Commission and among ordinary European citizens . The European Commission has now decided to take it to a new level by asking EU citizens directly for advice.
Active online platform
An important part of the project is to ensure that citizens from all over Europe are heard and that the conference is linked to activities at national and local level. Therefore, the conference has set up an active online platform where both individual citizens and organizers of local and national civic engagement events can sign up with recommendations for Europe’s future within the ten topics the conference focuses on. At the heart of civic engagement are four pan-European citizens’ panels, each with 200 representatively selected European citizens to develop a set of recommendations for Europe’s future. The process and method is very similar to the one followed by the Danish – and other European – climate Assemblies. The recommendations of the citizens’ panels must be considered at the conference’s plenary sessions, where both citizens and politicians (from national parliaments and the European Parliament) have a seat. It is expected that the whole somewhat complicated process will result in new, joint decisions on the future of Europe. The conference is initiated and managed by the EU Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe jointly and as mentioned, you as an EU citizen can also participate in the conversation via the online platform, which can be accessed here, where you can also read more about how the whole conference is screwed together. The DBT is behind the planning of the four trans-European citizens’ panels together with four other consortium members.
The consortium members are, in addition to the The DBT:
Deliberativa, Spain
Ifok, Germany
Teamwork, France