European Parliament votes to include citizens in European Union reform process
On January 15, the European Parliament agreed on its position of a participatory, citizens-inclusive Conference on the Future of Europe’s (CoFoE) to pave the way for EU treaty change. The resolution was very comprehensive and included objective, scope, organisation, composition, governance, communication, and output. The CoFoE was proposed by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as a means to invigorate citizens’ interest in Europe’s democratic future and as an effort to give new impulse to European institutional and democratic reform. Democracy International welcomes the promising initiative to energize and integrate citizens from the beginning phase and considers the CoFoE as the first stage in a democratic roadmap to European Union reform.