Summary title: Petition No 1070/2020 by Daniela Vancic (Serbian), on behalf of Democracy International e.V., on a plea for transparent and participatory citizens-centred Conference on the Future of Europe
Petition number: 1070/2020
Topics: Constitutional Affairs, Fundamental Rights, Institutions
Country: European Union
Name of association: Democracy International e.V.
Name: Daniela Vancic
The petitioner highlights the significance of the Conference on the Future of Europe for the European project but considers that citizens are being left out of this important discussion, as they are not involved in the negotiations and discussions in a structured way. The petitioner calls on the European institutions to: (1) organise a public consultation on how to design and organise the Conference as soon as the joint declaration is published, (2) ensure that citizens will be involved in setting the agenda of the Conference (3) facilitate the establishment of an independent EU Civil Society Forum to monitor the Conference and the follow-up process, (4) establish a special European Parliament Working Group on the Conference on the Future of Europe that engages in dialogue with citizens and the EU Civil Society Forum regularly throughout the duration of the Conference and (6) ensure that the joint declaration contains a clear follow-up mechanism and commitment in order to guarantee that citizens’ inputs are adequately and promptly followed up, and that a process of treaty change is launched, if so recommended by the Conference.