Future of Europe debates

The European Commission has launched a comprehensive debate on the future of Europe, calling for input on how to make the EU more united, stronger, and more democratic. How do debates on Europe’s future deal with problematic forms of differentiation, and what do they propose to remedy these problems?

In 2017, the Commission published a White Paper on the future of Europe where it set out different scenarios for the future of the EU. Following up, the Commission and the European Parliament have launched a series of debates, citizens’ hearings and other initiatives to find out how the EU can deal with its current challenges and what the future of the Union will look like.

As a follow up to this, Ursula von der Leyen promised to launch a Conference on the Future of Europe, starting in 2021. The goal is to involve citizens of all backgrounds, civil society representatives and stakeholders at European, national, regional and local level in setting the EU’s priorities for the future.

EU3D will gather and systematically analyse reform proposals made in the future of Europe debate by a wide range of actors. This will include the 27 EU member state governments and European institutions, academics, think tanks, public intellectuals and civil society organisations. EU3D will create a comprehensive public database and will assess these in relation to several different constitutional narratives of the EU so as to get a clearer sense of the constitutional and democratic visions underpinning these proposals.

Research coordinators

Sergio Fabbrini

Professor of Political Science and International Relations



Magdalena Góra

Associate Professor of Political Science



Published June 3, 2021 11:34 AM - Last modified Sep. 1, 2021 10:14 AM