As I write these lines, the Conference on the Future of Europe is in full swing. The first round of sessions of the European Citizens’ Panels was held at the European Parliament in September and October 2021. The second sessions are now set to start. Aside from its outcome, it is hard to underestimate the relevance of the Conference process, an experiment in participatory democracy that may turn into an attempt to foster reform of the European Union. This experiment is even more important, as it takes place among the uncertainties about the post-pandemic recovery. In one of the next issues, Perspectives on Federalism will pay due attention to the activities of the Conference and to their relevance in the present time.
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