In the Joint Declaration, the EU institutions settle key points concerning the “Conference on the Future of Europe” (CoFoE). However, on a number of important aspects, they could not reach agreement. Therefore, and due to the too limited timeframe of just one year, making the CoFoE a success remains a huge challenge. In his policy paper for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s EU Office in Brussels, Julian Plottka discusses the tasks ahead to turn the CoFoE into a ground-breaking experiment of transnational deliberative democracy. Especially involving the Councils in EU-level deliberative democracy could prove to be a major step forward.