The future is in our hands: Contribution to the Conference on the future of Europe.

Events / Tue 07 Dec 2021

While big corporations and lobby groups enjoy access and influence upon global institutions and international decision makers, it is rare that citizens and NGOs are given the opportunity to speak up – and more importantly to be heard – in Europe.

Social movements, minority groups and stateless nations are often at the periphery of the centres of power.

The Conference on the Future of Europe offers a slim chance for those voices to be heard.

That’s why we want to bring together community leaders, academics, human right advocates from places like the Basque Country, Catalonia, Scotland, Wales, Corsica, Cornwall, Galicia, Ireland or Flanders to raise issues often neglected.

We want to pay special attention to cultural and linguistic diversity and how to promote Europe’s minoritised languages.  We want to work towards improving our democracy and ensuring all voices are heard, as well as developing institutional systems to implement the right of self-determination at EU level. We want to outline a Europe of tomorrow that recognises all voices and that supports peaceful and democratic conflict resolution efforts.

The floor is yours: come join us for this debate and let’s take the future of Europe into our hands.


7 December 2021

09:00 - 11:00
Roundtable on Cultural Diversity: How to promote Europe's unprotected languages?
  • Ana Miranda, International affairs correspondent for BNG and former Member of the European Parliament.
  • Davyth Hicks, Secretary General of the European Language Equality Network.
  • Paul Bilbao, Secretary general of Kontseilua.
  • Lisandru de Zerbi, Deputy mayor and Delegate for Corsican language and culture and Youth Issues of the Bastia city Council (Corsica). Founder of the association PraticaLingua for immersive learning & Corsican language and culture teacher.

Moderation by Coppieters Foundation: Inaki Irazabalbeitia, Member of the Coppieters Foundation Bureau and Former Member of the European Parliament.

11:30 - 13:30
Roundtable on Better Governance, Democracy and Representation: How to put the right to self determination to work?
  • Matthias Storme, Law Professor at University of Leuven.
  • Meritxell Serret, Former Head of the Catalan Office before the European Union in Brussels and currently member of the Catalan Parliament.
  • Stephen Gethins, Professor of Practice at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.
  • Martina Anderson, Sinn Fein and Former member of the European Parliament.

Moderation by Iratzar Fundazioa:  Aimar Etxeberria, Journalist specialised in International affairs.

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When: Tuesday 7 December 2021

Where: Spaces Building – “terrace” 3rd floor.

Rue Belliard 40, Brussels 1040, Belgium

Language: The event will be held in English and French. Interpretation EN-FR will be provided.

Get involved:

Please note this is an invitation only event. Registration prior to the event is mandatory.

Access is only allowed upon receipt confirmation.

Share your views with the hashtag #CoFoE


Media inquiries can be addressed to

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This event is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the event nor the opinions of the speakers.

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This is a joint event of Coppieters Foundation and Iratzar Fundazioa.

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Picture by Iratzar Fundazioa

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