The Conference on the Future of Europe is due to kick off soon. In addition to a decentralised exercise with events at local and national levels.
It will also include an inter-institutional conference plenary, which will debate proposals and organise a follow up to the conference.
In line with article 11 of the Treaties according to which EU institutions must maintain an open, transparent and structured dialogue with civil society, organised European Civil Society, composed of organisations involving and representing citizens operating on a pan-European level must also be involved in the Conference inter-institutional plenary discussions.
This was already the case at the Intergovernmental Conference preparing the constitutional Treaty in 2000, which involved European networks of civil society organisations through a Civil Society Forum, and representatives of the Civil Society Forum were regularly invited at the conference. Also two plenary sessions of the IGC were dedicated to civil society.