7 October 2021

Have your say at the Civil Society Convention on the Conference the Future of Europe!

The Convention on the Conference on the Future of Europe a civil society run mechanism to collect civil society input into the Conference on the Future of Europe of which PA is part of is entering its Going Local phase! This means that we would like to hear and to collect our members’ inputs on the priorities of thematic clusters. Once the Going Local phase will be over, we will take the contributions received into account for our final report, which will be out in January.

The call for engaging philanthropy and wider civil society into the Conference on the Future of Europe and Civil Society Convention as a part of it corresponds to the first PA Manifesto asks calling for more engagement and dialogue.

The Convention itself works with a Plenary, and 5 Thematic Clusters coordinated each by one or more members of the Steering Group members. The Steering Group ensures also that the work carried out in different Thematic Clusters feed into other Clusters too, leading to a consistent and mutually reinforcing set of final recommendations.

The Philanthropy Advocacy represents EFC and Dafne members in two thematic clusters: Social Europe and The Union’s democratic foundations, and how to strengthen democratic processes governing the European Union (including the Rule of law).

The Cluster Social Europe has been be organised in sub working groups which should lead to a comprehensive set of proposals contributing to the overall CSOs’ vision for the future of European democracy and the priorities for the EU. These will cover:1) a sustainable economic model: Fair and Progressive Taxation; 2) Equal opportunities: Quality Education, Training & Lifelong Learning; Gender Equality; Active Support to Employment; 3) Fair working conditions: Fair living wages; Social Dialogue and Involvement of Workers; 4) Social Protection: Childcare; Minimum income; Housing; Access to essential services; Health; Long-term care.

If you would like to contribute to the Civil Society Convention´s recommendations on the above mentioned issues, please fill in this survey and/or spread it among those who have something to contribute.

Cluster Democratic Europe has been discussing the opportunities and difficulties of the current European institutional and political setting as for citizens engagement, dialogue and partnership; elaborating ideas for improvement of the consultations mechanisms; overcoming the lack of trust being public institution and citizens and to unlock the potential of cooperation. Three main challenges for democractic Europe have been indentified: enabling environment for participation, electoral reform, ensure accountability.

You can address the above concerns related to democracy in Europe in this survey European Democracy we need

Convention on the Conference on the Future of Europe


March-May Setting up the working structures (sub topic selection, deconstruction of topic).
June-July Final plans for gathering information from the constituencies.
September – December Collection of data from Constituencies and preparing of reports.
January – February Gathering feedback on reports from constituencies.
February – April Feedback on proposed actions and presentation of reports.
May Final event
June Evaluation

For more information visit the Convention website.