Working with the CSO CONFERENCE_Network
Since October 2019, the Union of European Federalists together with the Young European Federalists (JEF)have promote the exchange of ideas with other civil society organisations committed with the future of Europe. The CSO CONFERENCE_Network is an informal group of Civil Society Organisations, Youth organisations, Religious Organisation and other partners form the civil society that have regularly meet with experts and European decision-makers to discuss on the role of civil society and organised civil society in shaping the organisation of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
One of the achievements of the group of organisation has been the common recommendations for a successful Conference on the Future of Europe, which emerged as outcome of these brainstorming sessions between these organisations in Autumn 2019. While this is a consensual proposal to the European institutions, not all aspects are necessarily supported by all representatives. The Union of European Federalists has promoted the outcome of this exchanges with European legislators, meeting MEP's and promoting these recommendations, which include a methodological propose developed by experts from the CSO CONFERENCE_Network with the especial contribution of experts from the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS). The Union of European Federalists is seeking to invite new members and interested organisations to the talks that will continue to be organised throughout 2020.
Should you be a representative of an organised civil society, a youth organisation, religious organisation or union, and should you be interested in the work of our CSO CONFERENCE_Network, do not hesitate to contact us to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CSO’s common key recommendations for the Conference on the Future of Europe are:
- An open mandate for the Conference, aimed at developing policy and institutional proposals, as well as proposals for treaty change or a new treaty framework, if considered necessary.
- A wide-ranging approach, looking at the scope of competences of the Union, the financing of Union policies and proposals for the democratic and efficient governance of those policies.
- A democratic process with wide participation and deep deliberation with individual citizens and civil society organisations from across the Union, as well as accession candidate and eastern neighbourhood countries.
- A multi-step approach allowing individual citizens and civil society organisations to give input at different levels of expertise using digital tools and deliberative polling and engagement with institutional decision-makers.
- A clear upfront commitment by the institutions of the Union, as well as National Governments to deliver legislative proposals on all policy recommendations and initiate Treaty changes on all proposals adopted by the Conference.
The full common recommendations can be found here. The common recommendations are supported by the following organisations:
European Students' Forum (AEGEE), European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA), Assembly of European Regions (AER), Civil Society Europe (CSE), Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU (COMECE - Church organisation under Art. 17 TFEU"), European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), European Youth Forum, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, Fondation EURACTIV, garagErasmus Foundation, Young European Federalists (JEF) and the Union of European Federalists (UEF).