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EU, Conference on the future of Europe


May 9, 2021

The Conference on the Future of Europe officially starts today with an inaugural ceremony in Strasbourg, France, where the European Parliament is based. In reality, meetings and debates on various topics (environment and climate, health, economy and work, etc.) have been taking place for some time (the agenda can be consulted on the multilingual platform futureeu.europa.eu). The inauguration, which was in doubt until Friday, when an informal agreement was found, was attended by the President of Parliament, David Sassoli, the French President Emmanuel Macron, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa for the EU Council.The inauguration in presence in the Alsatian city is also a reaffirmation of the latter’s role as EU headquarters, canceled by the Covid-19 pandemic (since February 2020, plenary sessions have not been held in Strasbourg, contrary to to the provisions of the treaties). The Conference is, in its essence, an attempt to demonstrate that the EU is capable of reforming itself not only through crises, as it has been until now, but also in the absence of strong external pressure. As EPP leader Manfred Weber says, “after 10 years of crisis management, we must finally regain control of the agenda in Europe.” So far this has not been the case: the migration crisis of 2015 produced a significant strengthening of Frontex and a program for the relocation of asylum seekers (only partially applied), but then the flows decreased and to this day, six years later, the reform of the EU asylum system lies unresolved due to the divisions of the member states, despite the efforts of the Even the institutional structure of the Eurozone, despite the financial crisis of 2008-2009 and the subsequent debt crisis, is still incomplete: once the crisis, which produced the European Stability Mechanism, has passed, the pressure has dropped and the ‘Banking union, for example, still lacks fundamental elements such as common deposit insurance.