The Conference on the Future of Europe was supposed to be officially launched on 9 May 2020 – on Europe Day. Meanwhile, 2020 is coming to an end and the Conference lacks both, format and leadership, as well as a political mandate by the EU institutions. This blog post looks back at a crisis-ridden year […]
About Rosa Beckmann
Rosa Beckmann (MA) works as a Network & Public Relations Officer for REGIOPARL at the European Democracy Lab in Berlin. She studied Literary Studies and Political Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin as well as European Studies at Maastricht University. She has previously worked with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Brussels. Before joining REGIOPARL, she was a policy adviser for Foreign and Security Policy and Climate Diplomacy at the European Parliament. At REGIOPARL, she is, amongst other tasks, also responsible for the organsation and execution of the interventions in the regional parliaments.
The European Parliament holds a difficult position within the institutional set-up of the European Union. It finds itself caught between political ambition and inter-institutional power gambles. The Conference on the Future of Europe illustrates the dilemma – and offers a way forward.
Resources and efforts by the EU institutions and the Member States are currently focused on dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. But the conflicts which structure the discussions around finding an adequate European response to the crisis and its aftermath are symptomatic of a bigger picture of the state of the Union.
It sounded promising: in her speech in the plenary of the European Parliament in July 2019, Ursula von der Leyen, Commission President to be at the time, took a stance in the debate on the future of the European Union by announcing the Conference on the Future of Europe. She underlined how important the EU’s […]