The White Paper of 1 March 2017 on the Future of Europe "Reflections and scenarios for the EU27 by 2025" is the Commission's contribution to the debate on the future of our Union that starts with the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome and the Rome Declaration. The White Paper should open an honest and wide- ranging debate with citizens on how Europe should evolve in the years to come. As announced in the White Paper, the Commission will host a series of "Future of Europe debates" across Europe's national Parliaments, cities and regions. The European Economic and Social Committee represents the organised civil society in Europe and naturally has a key role to play in this discussion process.
In light of the above, the Commission would welcome an Exploratory Opinion from the European Economic and Social Committee, based on the White Paper, on the ideas and priorities of Europe's organised civil society for the future development of our Union.