This conference is being held on the eve of the June European Council which is to review the debate on the future of Europe. As foreseen in Plan D launched last autumn the Commission is now publishing an overview of the national and European debates which have been held so far and on 10 May 2006 called for a citizens agenda for Europe.
This event will contribute to benchmarking the national and European contributions to Plan D. Is Plan D working? The original idea was greeted with scepticism and certainly the results so far are uneven with some countries making real and others hardly any efforts.
But it would be wrong to dismiss the whole process. Some countries have interesting projects and Plan D has encouraged interest in citizens panels and other initiatives, examples of which will be presented at this event.