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European citizens’ panels
European Citizens' Virtual Worlds Panel

A new phase of citizen engagement

23 recommendations for fair and people-centered virtual worlds in the EU

The Commission is currently preparing a new initiative on virtual worlds, which will outline Europe's vision in line with European digital rights and principles. The forthcoming initiative will focus on how to address societal challenges, foster innovation for business and pave the way for a transition to Web 4.0.

In addition to the citizens' panel, the Commission has launched a call for contributions to allow citizens and stakeholders to share their thoughts on the subject. Contributions can be made until 3 May.

The full set of recommendations can be found in the documents section below.

What vision, principles, and actions should guide the development of desirable and fair virtual worlds?

What we can expect from the panel

The expected outcome of the panel is a set of guiding principles and actions for the development of virtual worlds in the EU, based on citizens' experiences, perceptions, and wishes for the future. It will take the form of recommendations addressed to the European Commission to feed into an initiative on the topic.


The virtual worlds panel sessions will take place between February and April 2023.

  1. 24-26 February 2023
    Session 1 - Brussels

    In the first session, participants have build a shared vision of what desirable and fair virtual worlds should be like.

    Please see the summary of the session in the Documents section below.

    Recordings:  24 February 2023   |  26 February 2023

  2. 10-12 March 2023
    Session 2 - online

    In the second session, participants have identified, discussed and prioritised values and principles that should guide the development of Virtual Worlds, and started exploring fields of actions to make this vision a reality.

    The detailed agenda can be found in the Documents section below.

    Recordings:  10 March 2023   |  13 March 2023

  3. 21-23 April 2023
    Closing session - Brussels

    The closing session submitted the conclusions of debates, together with the panels’ recommendations, to the European Commission. The final list of recommendations can be found in the documents section below.


The signature of the European Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles reflects our shared goal of a digital transformation that puts people first. The rights put forward in our Declaration are guaranteed for everybody in the EU, online as they are offline. And the digital principles enshrined in the Declaration will guide us in our work on all new initiatives.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission