The Conference has a straightforward structure.
There will be four Citizens Panels held across the EU, both online and in person. One of these events will be held in Dublin. Participants will be drawn at random. There is also an official online portal where information can be directly submitted. Citizens can also take part in nationally organised forums (for instance, those organised by EM Ireland), and submit ideas through them.
Recommendations from the Panels, submissions from the online portal and submissions from nationally organised forums will be debated by the Plenary of the Conference (who will meet six times). The Plenary is made up of 108 representatives from the European Parliament, 54 members from the European Council, and three from the European Commission, as well as 108 members from all 27 Member State parliaments, 80 representatives chosen from the Citizens Panels, 27 National Citizen Representatives, representatives from the Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee, and representatives of the social partners and civil society. The Plenary will work towards consensus decisions, which will be submitted to the Executive Board.
The Executive Board is made up of representatives from the three institutions. Other EU bodies and social partners, such as the Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Committee, may also be invited as observers. They will make recommendations to Joint Presidency of the Conference, based on the decisions made by the Pleanary.
The Joint Presidency of the Conference is made up of the President of the European Parliament, the President of the European Commission, and the President of the Council.
Each EU institution will follow up on proposals made by the Executive individually.