“With the new digital platform, everyone can now share ideas and comments, organise and attend events.
“Join the debate.
“The Future Is Yours”.
But the Eurocrat was attacked following his remark.
One Twitter follower said: “The illusion of having Influence will only fool so many people.”
Another follower of Mr Verhifstadt said: “The only democratically viable future for Europe is a union of fully sovereign member-states.
“Hopefully your citizens can see through your lies.”
Mr Verhofstadt is on the executive board that is leading the conference.
He will be supported by Member of the European Parliament, Ms Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretary of State for EU Affairs for the Portuguese Council Presidency, and Ms Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Democracy and Demography.
According to the conference’s website this executive board that Mr Verhofstadt is co-chairing “is responsible for taking decisions by consensus regarding the works of the Conference”.
The conference’s website also said the executive board would be “preparing the meetings of the Conference Plenary, including citizens’ input and their follow up”.