Future of Europe

Your Future, Your Europe, Get Involved

Minister Coveney, An Taoiseach Varadkar, Minister McEntee, Noelle O’Connell

The Europe we are a part of today would be almost unrecognisable to the people who started the process of European integration over 60 years ago.  They could not have foreseen a world of smartphones, driverless cars, budget airlines, social media and globalised industries.  The world we live in today is ever changing and our Union needs to change too if it is to continue to serve all of its peoples.

On the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome in March 2017 – which created the European Economic Community, paving the way for the European Union – the leaders of the EU Member States started a process of examining how our Union needs to evolve to address the issues of today, such as: climate change; international terrorism; the migration and refugee crisis; the impact of technology and automation on jobs; our ageing population; and the increasing influence of emerging economies.  Some of these issues present opportunities; while others create huge challenges.

 “We need the EU not only to guarantee peace and democracy but also the security of our people. We need the EU to serve better their needs and wishes to live, study, work, move and prosper freely across our continent”

Declaration of EU27 Leaders, September 2016

Between now and the European Parliament elections in June 2019, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Member States are hosting a series of dialogues across Europe’s national Parliaments, cities and regions to ask us about the kind of EU we want and need to harness those opportunities and meet those challenges.

The white paper presented by the European Commission on 1 March 2017 sets out possible paths for the Future of Europe. We face a great many challenges, from globalisation, to the impact of new technologies on society and jobs, to security concerns and the rise of populism, and we must ensure we are not overwhelmed but rather that we seize the opportunities that these trends present.


In partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we are planning regional meetings, engagement with key stakeholders and other events which will allow citizens to give their input into the wider European dsicussion.

Galway Citizens’ Dialogue – 8 February 2018

Cork Citizens’ Dialogue – 22 February 2018 

Donegal Citizens’ Dialogue – 8 March 2018 

Meath Citizens’ Dialogue – 19 April 2018 

If you can’t attend any of the Future of Europe events, you can still contribute to the discussion online at https://www.dfa.ie/our-role-policies/ireland-in-the-eu/future-of-europe/get-involved/submissions/