The European Committee of the Regions (CoR), in partnership with the
Bertelsmann Foundation, has launched a project aimed at making the voices of cities and regions heard throughout the
Conference on the Future of Europe.
This initiative provides the opportunity for 23 projects, involving more than 50 partners, to put in place
innovative participatory processes and online tools to host citizens' panels at local, regional, cross-border and international levels.
The first citizen dialogueof this project will take place in
Santander, Cantabria on 8-10 September 2021, where several discussion sessions will address the future of Europe; see the full agenda
Paula FERNÁNDEZ VIAÑA, CoR member and regional executive counsillor stressed that the organisation of events in Cantabria, in the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe, is a “unique opportunity" for the participation of citizens in the region. It will allow them to play a part in determining the priorities that will shape the future of the EU institutions. Conclusions and recommendations of this process will be arrived at by spring 2022.