The formal ceremony of the opening of the event was held in Strasbourg.
French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the ceremony, European Parliament President David Sassoli, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and Prime Minister Antonio Costa of Portugal, the current chair of the Council of the EU.
About 500 participants, citizens of the EU, and civil society associations activists participated in today’s video conference, and the Conference executive board’s co-chairpersons answered their questions.
One of those co-chairpersons is the European Commission’s Vice President for Democracy and Demography, Dubravka Šuica.
Multilingual digital platform in 24 languages
The Executive Board of the Conference on the Future of Europe, comprising representatives from the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, and the European Commission, is launching the multilingual digital platform for the Conference on the Future of Europe, inviting all EU citizens to contribute to shaping their own future and that of Europe as a whole. The platform is available in 24 languages, allowing citizens from across the Union to share and exchange their ideas and views through online events.
All Conference-related events that will be registered on the platform will be visualized on an interactive map, enabling citizens to browse and sign up online.
This Conference is an unprecedented exercise for the EU, Šuica tweeted.
“This has never been tried before, but we are confident that this will strengthen both our Union & our representative democracy. And there is no better date to celebrate that than on #EuropeDay,” she added.
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