49 civic proposals chosen for European reform

It is a joint initiative of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission, launched a year ago on 9 May 2021. The aim was to democratize life in Europe and give a voice to the first of them: European citizens. An opportunity for them to advance their expectations and priorities for the future of the European Union (EU). During the twelve months, citizens were able to express themselves by various means, and 49 proposals emerged.

Multilingual digital platform

It was set up to allow European citizens to share their ideas and send contributions online. She registered as the central contact point of the conference. It is an intersection of exchanges that has enabled all stakeholders, such as civil society, the social partners, etc.

Each paper was available in 24 official EU languages ​​thanks to automatic translation. Ten topics have revived debate and reflection: climate change and the environment, health, a stronger economy, social justice and employment, the EU in the world, values ​​and rights, law, security, digital transformation, European democracy, migration, education, culture, youth and sport. …

European and national panels

The organization of the national panels was the prerogative of the Member States. The recommendations of these national citizens ‘panels were presented and discussed in plenary assemblies, together with the recommendations of the European citizens’ panels. They brought together around 800 citizens from all walks of life and from all regions of the European Union.

Plenary Assembly of the Conference

A plenary assembly of the conference was set up to discuss recommendations formulated by panels of national and European citizens grouped by topic.

In addition, nine working groups were set up, grouped by topic, to prepare debates and proposals for the Plenary Assembly.

Closing ceremony of the conference on the future of Europe

Some proposals excluded by topic from the final report

> Climate change and the environment

  • Agriculture, food production, biodiversity and ecosystems, pollution.

Objective: safe, sustainable, equitable, climate-friendly and affordable food production that respects the principles of sustainability and the environment and that protects biodiversity and ecosystems while ensuring food security.

  • Climate change, energy, transport.

Objective: to increase Europe’s energy security and achieve the Union’s energy independence, while ensuring a fair transition and providing Europeans with a sufficient amount of sustainable and affordable energy. Combating climate change by giving the Union a global leadership in sustainable energy policy and by respecting global climate protection goals.

  • Sustainable consumption, packaging and production

Objective: to improve the use and management of materials in the Union in order to support the circular economy, to become more autonomous and less dependent. Establish a circular economy by promoting sustainable production and products in the Union. Ensure that all products placed on the EU market comply with common EU environmental standards.

> Health

  • Healthy food and healthy lifestyle

Objective: to ensure that all Europeans have access to healthy eating education and that they have access to healthy and affordable food as a basis for a healthy lifestyle.

  • Strengthen the health care system

Objective: to strengthen the resilience and quality of our health systems.

  • A broader view of health

Objective: to adopt a holistic approach to health by focusing not only on diseases and treatment but also on health culture and prevention and on promoting a common understanding of the problems faced by sick or disabled people, in line with the One Health approach, which should be emphasized as cross-cutting and fundamental principle encompassing all Union policies.

  • Equal access to healthcare for all

Objective: to create a “right to health” by guaranteeing all Europeans equal and universal access to affordable, preventive, curative and high-quality healthcare.

> Stronger economy, social justice and employment

  • Sustainable growth and innovation

Objective: The Union shall support the transition to a model of sustainable and resilient growth, taking into account ecological and digital transitions with a strong social dimension in the European Semester and empowering citizens, trade unions and businesses. Conventional macroeconomic indicators and GDP could be complemented by new indicators to respond to new European priorities, such as the European Green Agreement or the European Pillar of Social Rights, and to better reflect environmental and digital transitions as well as human well-being.

  • Strengthening the Union’s competitiveness and further deepening the single market

Objective: to strengthen the competitiveness and resilience of the European Union’s economy, single market and industry and to address strategic dependencies. In the Union, we must promote an entrepreneurial culture in which innovative companies of all sizes are encouraged, especially micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups, and can thrive in order to contribute to greater resilience and unity. A strong and viable market economy is needed to facilitate a vision of a more social Europe.

  • Stronger social policy

Objective: to reduce inequalities, combat social exclusion and poverty. We need to put in place a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy, which could include, among other things, strengthening the guarantee for children and young people, introducing minimum wages, a common European framework for minimum income schemes and decent social housing. We must ensure the full implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, including its respective headline targets for 2030, at European, national, regional and local level in the areas of “social protection and inclusion”, while respecting the relevant competences and principles of subsidiarity and proportionality and the inclusion of the Social Progress Protocol. into contracts.

> The EU in the world

Reducing the EU’s dependence on foreign energy players

Objective: for the EU to achieve greater autonomy in energy production and supply in the context of the ongoing ecological transformation.

  • Setting standards within and outside the EU for environmental policies

Objective: to strengthen the environmental dimension of its trade relations with the EU.

  • EU transparency and its relations with citizens

Objective: for the EU, in particular in its international activities, including trade negotiations, to strengthen its accessibility to citizens by improving information, education, citizen participation and transparency of its stocks.

> Values ​​and rights, rule of law, security

  • Animal rights, agriculture

Objective: to take decisive action to promote and guarantee greener, more climate-friendly agriculture.

  • Anti – discrimination, equality and quality of life

Objective: to take measures to harmonize living conditions throughout the Union and to improve the socio-economic quality of life of its citizens.

  • Media, false news, misinformation, fact-finding, cyber security

Objective: to combat misinformation by further promoting media independence and pluralism, as well as through media education.

> Digital transformation

  • Access to digital infrastructures

Objective: equal access to the Internet is a fundamental right of all European citizens. We propose that everyone in Europe have effective access to the Internet and digital services and that the sovereignty of the EU’s digital infrastructure be strengthened.

  • A secure and trusted digital society – cyber security and misinformation

Objective: to create a secure, resilient and credible digital society, the Union must guarantee the effective and rapid implementation of existing legislation and has more powers to strengthen cyber security, combat illegal content and cybercrime, combat cyber threats by non-state actors and authoritarian states, and addressing their consequences as well as combating misinformation.

  • Digital innovation to strengthen the social and sustainable economy

Objective: The Union will support digitization measures that strengthen the economy and the single market in a fair and sustainable way, increase Europe’s competitiveness in technology and innovation, improve the digital single market for businesses of all sizes and put Europe at the forefront of digital transformation and digitization. man.

> European democracy

  • Citizens’ awareness, participation and youth

Objective: to increase citizen participation and the involvement of young people in democracy at European Union level in order to create a “full civic experience” for Europeans; ensure that their views are taken into account outside parliamentary terms and that their participation is genuine. It is therefore necessary to determine which form of participation is most appropriate for each topic.

  • democracy and elections

Objective: to strengthen European democracy by consolidating its foundations, encouraging citizens to take part in European elections, promoting transnational debates on European issues and ensuring that strong links are established between citizens and their elected representatives.

> Migration

Objective: to strengthen the Union’s role in legal migration.

Objective: to strengthen the Union’s role in combating all forms of irregular migration and to strengthen the protection of the European Union’s external borders, while respecting human rights.

> Education, culture, youth and sport

Objective: The EU and its Member States should strive to achieve by 2025 an inclusive European learning area in which all citizens have equal access to education and lifelong learning. Quality of life, including people living in rural and remote areas.

  • European youth problems

Objective: The EU and its Member States must address the specific needs of young people in all relevant policies, including the European Union’s regional policy, in order to provide them with the best possible conditions for study and work and independent living, while involving them in democratic life and decision-making. processes, including at European level. Youth organizations play a key role.

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