The Convention's proceedings comprise three phases:

A listening phase: identification of the expectations and needs of the Member States, their Governments and Parliaments, and those of European society.

A deliberating phase: comparison of the various opinions put forward and assessment of their implications and consequences.

A proposing phase: synthesis and drafting of proposals.

Proposals will be submitted to the European Council when the Convention's work is finished.


The Convention meets once or twice a month, at the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels.
Although dealing with a range of issues, each session focuses mainly on one or two subjects.
Plenary sessions open to the public take place over two half days.

Plenary sessions

Working groups

Working groups were set up in June 2002. Their role is to look at certain issues more closely. They are composed of members of the Convention.
As the work of the Convention progresses, other working groups may be set up.

Working groups


Apart from the plenary sessions and meetings of the working groups, members of the Convention can put forward their views and ideas in written contributions, which are circulated to all their colleagues.
These contributions are published on this website.

Contributions of members of the Convention


To widen the debate, the Forum is open to organisations representing civil society (the social partners, the business world, non-governmental organisations, academia, etc.).
The organisations participating in the Forum are regularly briefed on the proceedings of the Convention. Their contributions serve as input into the debate. Such organisations may be heard or consulted on specific topics in accordance with arrangements to be established by the Praesidium.
The plenary session of the European Convention on 24 and 25 June 2002 was devoted to civil society, giving associations and organisations an opportunity to put their points of view to the members of the Convention.