Conference on the Future of Europe: Citizens discuss climate change and health 

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The third European Citizens’ Panel, focusing on climate change, environment / health, will continue its work online on 19-21 November.

Following a first round of sessions that took place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg in September and October, the European Citizens’ Panels continue their work online throughout November. Their recommendations will be drafted, endorsed, and then presented and discussed in the Conference Plenary in December and January.


When: Friday 19 November - Sunday 21 November

How to follow: Watch the deliberations live on the Multilingual Digital Platform, or on Parliament’s Multimedia Centre (Friday 19 November 17.00 - 19.30 and Sunday 21 November 16.15 - 17.30).

What: The third Panel focuses on the following streams and subtopics on climate change, environment / health:


Better ways of living

  • healthy lifestyles
  • environmental education

Protecting our environment and our health

  • healthy natural environment
  • protecting our biodiversity
  • safe and healthy food

Redirecting our economy and consumption

  • fair products, equal access and just consumption
  • regulating overproduction and overconsumption
  • reducing waste

Towards a sustainable society

  • environmentally-friendly transport
  • supporting change
  • renewable energy now

Caring for all

  • a broader understanding of health
  • equal access to health for all
  • reinforcing healthcare.

Download the complete report, or visit the dedicated webpage for more information.


The first two online sessions of the European Citizens’ Panels took place on 5-7 November (on a stronger economy, social justice, jobs / education, youth, culture, and sport / digital transformation) and on 12-14 November (on European democracy/values, rights, rule of law, security). The last online session will take place on 26-28 November (EU in the world / migration). In December and January, the Panels will meet in four European academic institutions (in Dublin, Florence, Natolin/Warsaw, and Maastricht) to finalise their recommendations so they can be discussed in the Conference Plenary.


Background

The European Citizens’ Panels are a central feature of the Conference organised by the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission based on their Joint Declaration. The Panels’ deliberations take into account citizens’ contributions collected from across Europe on the Multilingual Digital Platform, and supported by input and presentations from prominent academics and other experts.


Citizens have been chosen randomly by specialist contractors, 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. Each Panel will come up with recommendations that will feed into the Conference Plenary that will then put forward proposals on the Future of Europe. The Panels have selected 80 citizens (20 for each Panel) to represent them in the Conference Plenary. These representatives participated in the second meeting of the Plenary that took place on 23 October in Strasbourg.