Bringing the European project back to citizens
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) kick-off event ‘Bringing the European project back to citizens’ was held in the context of the launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe. This launch event marked the beginning of EESC action to ensure that its members and those they represent can participate fully in the first direct Europe-wide consultation of citizens on EU-policy-making.
Participants and speakers attended the event in both the main meeting room of the EESC in Brussels and online. In total, almost 2 000 people from as far apart as Dublin and Budapest logged in to hear 16 speakers representing the EESC, the European Commission, the European Parliament, industry, national government, the trade-union movement, European movements and experts in fundamental rights.
Representatives discussed their hopes for the Conference and the future of Europe in four panels that touched on shared fundamental values as well as possible frameworks for a sustainable economic and social recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and for resilient societies.