17 Jul 2017
FUTURE OF EUROPE – 17 JULYBrussels Daily
White Paper on the Future of Europe
Debate on the future of Europe is picking up speed with potentially over 30 million citizens reached so far.
Four months after the Commission presented its White Paper on the Future of Europe, the debate on the future of Europe is picking up speed with potentially over 30 million citizens reached so far.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “I am very encouraged to see so many people engage in the debate about the future of the European Union, which the Commission launched on 1 March 2017 with our White Paper. We have seen many different views expressed already and a strong positive momentum driving us forward. I will outline my vision in September but in reality
Europe’s future will be of your design. It is you writing the history books of tomorrow. So continue to engage and make your voices heard!”
The Commission offered five scenarios for how the EU could develop in the next decade. A broad debate has since been taking place, supported by political institutions and by civil society at large. To date, over 270,000 citizens have attended over 1,750 events organised or supported by the Commission with many more participating online (see figures here). Events and debates will continue to be organised over the months to come and citizens can also contribute directly here:
Citizens are invited to continue to express their views, notably prior to the annual State of the European Union speech on 13 September 2017, when President Juncker will outline his vision for the future of Europe.
Factsheet: The debate on the future of Europe