6 + 1 Greek
6 + 1 Greek priorities for the Conference on the Future of Europe
The Conference on the Future of Europe stands as a historic opportunity with particular symbolic importance for Greece, as it coincides with the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821 and the 40th anniversary of Greece’s accession to the European Communities – the forbearer of what would later become the European Union. The Conference offers Greek institutions and society the opportunity to actively participate in this large-scale debate in order to reaffirm, on the one hand, their position at the core of the European project and on the other to strengthen the country’s position in the institutional enhancement of the EU.
Greeks, together with the rest of their fellow Europeans, take part in the Conference to share their experiences, concerns and visions through an unprecedented horizontal consultation, thus further deepening the Union’s democratic standing and revitalizing the debate on its future course.
On the part of the Greek government under Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a national awareness campaign along with a designated Task Force have been launched by the Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Affairs, Mr. Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, in charge for inter-ministerial coordination and consultation with civil society actors, in cooperation with the Permanent Representation of the European Commission and the European Parliament Office in Athens.
The aim of the campaign is to publicly disseminate the European agenda in order to mobilize Greek citizens to engage in this open and participatory European process, via digital tools, hybrid, and physical events, collaborations with third parties (Regions, Universities, Schools, Professional Chambers, Business Associations, Youth Organizations), and, in the very end, multiply the articulation of proposals from citizens for the future orientation of the EU.
The 6 +1 policy themes on which the Greek awareness campaign will focus and aim for the largest possible citizen participation are:
- Strengthening the European Security and Defense Framework
- European cohesion policies
- Environmental protection and climate change
- Research and innovation with an emphasis on the role of youth
- Furthering the EMU
- Rule of Law-Democracy-Human Rights
Based on the results of these actions emanating from Greek civil society and collaboration with third parties (regions, universities, schools, businesses, youth), a national report will be prepared in regard to the Conference on the Future of Europe.