The future of Europe

Future of Europe: EESC to hold consultations with civil society and government representatives

The EESC will hold a series of national debates to hear European civil society's views on the five scenarios for the future development of Europe outlined by Jean-Claude Juncker in the European Commission's White Paper on the Future of Europe.

The national debates will take place during the month of May 2017. Participants in the debates will include representatives of civil society (employers, trade unions and NGOs) and government representatives. The debates will be hosted by delegations of three EESC members.

The EESC is organising the Future of Europe debates to find out about the views, priorities and concerns of civil society organisations. These national debates are part of an ongoing broad discussion process about Europe in the months ahead, initiated by the European institutions across the EU and involving citizens, authorities and organisations alike.

Ideas presented during the debates will feed into the EESC's upcoming opinion on the Future of Europe to be issued in July 2017, following the Commission referral to the EESC, the EU body representing Europe's civil society. This opinion aims to influence the EU's decision on the course of action to take in the years to come and the future shape of Europe, ahead of the EU elections in June 2019.

The starting point of the debate, the White Paper on the Future of Europe: Reflections and scenarios for the EU 27 by 2025, was published by the European Commission on 1 March, 2017. It offers five scenarios for how Europe could develop by 2025 in different areas, such as, among others, single market and trade, migration and security or economic and monetary union.