About us

Who we are

The Conference Observatory, a joint initiative of Bertelsmann Stiftung, the European Policy Centre, King Baudouin Foundation and Stiftung Mercator, will closely monitor the Conference on the Future of Europe, assess its impact and present ideas on how to improve it.

The Observatory aims to make the Conference a meaningful and successful endeavour by monitoring its proceedings, providing policy input and recommendations on the strategic priorities that citizens will discuss, and assessing the potential institutional and legal consequences of debates conducted during the Conference. Through the Observatory, the consortium will also advise the Conference leadership and develop proposals for the future participatory and democratic make-up of the EU.

The European Union faces major transformational challenges such as climate change, digitalisation, a fragile global order and the ong​oing COVID-19 pandemic. In an environment of continuing uncertainty and crisis, the EU must demonstrate it is capable of critical self-reflection and renewal. The Conference on the Future of Europe could and should be used to this end.

The Conference is also a test case for the EU’s ability to include its citizens in the conversation, have an EU-wide debate about necessary reforms, and think about the right institutional structure for the decades ahead. The involvement of people from all member states, from all walks of life, will be new and, in many ways, unprecedented.

To find out more about how the Conference is developing, take a look at our publications. We will also regularly host “Conference Conversations”, a 60-minute interactive online talk show where our experts, Conference insiders and high-level guests will provide timely information and in-depth analysis on where the Conference is heading. Stay tuned for our future activities!

Get in touch if you want to know more.

Our experts

Paul Butcher

European Policy Centre
Policy Analyst

Janis Emmanouilidis

European Policy Centre
Director of Studies

Theodora Famprikezi

European Policy Centre
Programme Assistant

Johannes Greubel

European Policy Centre
Policy Analyst

Marita Hauernherm-Fronemann

Bertelsmann Stiftung
Senior Project Assistant

Dominik Hierlemann

Bertelsmann Stiftung
Senior Expert

Christian Huesmann

Bertelsmann Stiftung
Project Manager

Perle Petit

Perle Petit

European Policy Centre
Programme Assistant

Anna Renkamp

Bertelsmann Stiftung
Senior Project Manager

Georg Riekeles

European Policy Centre
Associate Director

Stefan Roch

Bertelsmann Stiftung
Project Manager

Corina Stratulat

European Policy Centre
Head of European Politics and Institutions Programme and Senior Policy Analyst