FuturEU - Event 7
Published at 2020-08-03
The project «Citizens’ Reflections on the Future of EUrope» was funded with the support of the European Union under the Programme "Europe for Citizens"
The event involved 136 citizens, including
- 7 participants from the city of Suhl and Berlin (Germany),
- 2 participants from the city of Warsaw (Poland)
- 2 participants from the city of Slavonski Brod (Croatia)
- 2 participants from the city of Prague (Czech Republic)
- 2 participants from the city of Bologna (Italy)
- 3 participants from the city of Madrid (Spain)
- 115 participants from cities in Bulgaria
- 1 participant from the city of Athens (Greece)
- 1 participant from the city of Craiova (Romania)
- 1 participant from UK
Location / Dates 📅:
The event took place in ethnographic complex Arbanassi, city of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, from 29/07/2020 to 31/07/2020.
Short description 📝:
The aim of the event was summarizing the analysis, comparative research, raised questions and agreed answers on the hot topics on Future of Europe that had been discussed and raised by the citizens during the international project meetings. The event was planned to be the final summarizing project conference – Citizens' Parliament session.
As the conference took place in unique circumstances after the first lock-down in Europe, it turned to be celebration of the solidarity and believe in the future of Europe and shared hopes on the end of pandemia of COVID-19 and return to normality. The time was remarkable also due to the fact that the new EP and new EC after the EP Elections 2019 were constructed, EU priorities announced by the Von der Leyen Commission and the challenges of COVID. The conference was a sound example for the belief, the trust and the desire for join, common future and development in EU. The conference had a plenary and six workshops, each dedicated to a thematic policy (youth, social issues, digitalization, Green Deal, security and defence, finance and Euro). The international participants together with politicians, policy makers, business stakeholders and civil society leaders voted a Citizens' Reflection Paper on the Future of Europe that was sent to European and national leaders (members of EP, EC, Committee of regions, national parliaments and institutions, Ombudsman, lobby groups etc.)