The Conference on the Future of Europe produced a number of recommendations – but it is unclear if they will be implemented.
In March 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron first suggested the idea of a Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE). This idea was supported by the president of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, before her election by the European Parliament. After the Covid-19 pandemic struck, the conference was delayed and finally opened on 9 May 2021, Europe Day. It included not only politicians and representatives of EU institutions and member states, but also randomly selected citizens.
“Free movement is one of the fundamental freedoms of the EU”, said the European Court of Auditors in its report.
The European Commission failed to properly scrutinise member states’ actions in closing their borders to other members of the Schengen Zone during the first part of the Corona pandemic. This is the main conclusion of a report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) which was published on Monday (13 June 2022).