A necessary and valuable debate on the future has started in the EU. Although much works well at EU level, there is reason for soul-searching. The more people who are involved in the discussions on the future of Europe, the better the prospects of strengthening our citizens’ trust in the European project.

As a part of the discussions on the future of Europe, in the spring of 2017 the Commission presented a white paper outlining different scenarios for future EU cooperation, and five reflection papers on key issues: the social dimension, harnessing globalisation, the deepening of the economic and monetary union, the future of European defence and the future of EU finances. On this basis, the Commission wanted to initiate a comprehensive debate on the future of Europe with civil society and other social actors, to promote participation in the shaping of EU policies.

In 2017, the Government held EU thematic consultation forums on all five reflection papers, informed the Riksdag (Swedish parliament) via explanatory memorandums, and held discussions with many parliamentary committees. The Government plans to hold one more EU thematic consultation forum on the future of the EU in the spring of 2018 ahead of Europe Day on 9 May.

In December 2017, the Government informed the European Commission and the Presidency of the Council of the European Union about its work.