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The future of Europe after the COVID crisis and the invasion of Ukraine

Sabino Arana Fundazioa

In mid-2021, the inaugural plenary session of the "Conference on the Future of Europe -CoFoE-" took place in Strasbourg, an initiative of the European Union that gives citizens the opportunity to discuss the challenges and priorities of Europe.

And on 9 May, the conference closed with an event in Strasbourg and the presentation of a report on the outcome of the conference to the presidents of the EU institutions. On Europe Day, the three co-chairs of the Executive Committee presented the final report of the Conference to the presidents of the EU institutions, Commission, Council and Parliament.

In the meantime, two crises have disrupted the international politics and CoFoE's plans. On the one hand, Covid-19 and, in the final stretch of the Conference, the invasion of Ukraine and the war.

Europe must draw the relevant lessons from these two crises in order to adapt its institutions to the new challenges and the new post-war international order.

The EDP will hold a seminar in Bilbao on 13 May that will analyse the EU's strengths and weaknesses in responding to global challenges.

Guy Verhofstadt, CoFoE Co-President and Member of the European Parliament, Sandro Gozi, EDP Secretary General and MEP; and Mireia Zarate, President of Sabino Arana Fundazioa, will open the conference. Pernando Barrena MEP and member of the CoFoE, and Josune Gorospe, Member of Parliament and member of the Spanish Parliament's delegation to the CoFoE, will assess and evaluate the functioning and content of the CoFoE.

Likewise, MEPs Izaskun Bilbao and Laurence Farreng will analyse the conclusions drawn by the CoFoE presidency in relation to citizens' proposals and the needs of the European Union.

Next, Patxi Aldecoa, President of CFEME and member of the CoFoE; and José Ramón Bengoetxea, Professor of Legal Theory, Sociology and Philosophy of Law will debate on the "Commitment to the European Convention and possible modification of the Treaties in the context of the new challenges facing Europe", moderated by Juan Carlos Piñeiro, Secretary General of Compromiso por Galicia.

Finally, Alba Cela, Executive Director and President of the European Programme of the Albanian Institute of International Studies, will speak on "The view from Western Balkan Europe to the CoFoE, in the process of EU enlargement".

The conference will be moderated by Igor Filibi, lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the UPV-EHU and Secretary General of Eurobasque.