The EU needs your help. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has, together with the European Parliament and Council, called a Conference on the Future of Europe. Over the next two years, European citizens will be asked their opinions on EU reform, with a view to eventually modifying the European treaties at the end of the process. The Conference will be chaired by veteran federalist MEP Guy Verhofstadt, and is committed to producing “tangible and concrete results”.
What do our readers think? We had a comment sent in by Giulia, who believes the new Commission is serious about wanting to reform the EU, but she’s extremely sceptical that national governments will allow it. Is she right to be so sceptical?
To get a response, we put Giulia’s comment to Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Values and Transparency, when we spoke to her at Friends of Europe’s State of Europe event in Brussels in October 2019. How would she respond?
For another perspective, we also spoke to Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs, and former Minister for Labour of Luxembourg. What would he say?
Can the EU be reformed? Are Member State governments obstructing change? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!