Equally important is the necessity to rebuild trust by concentrating more on explaining to citizens the advantages of the EU and, also, by listening to them and to representative civil society organisations. The prevailing perception is that the EU has not been successful neither in formulating nor in implementing sustainable, inclusive and balanced strategies focussed on investment and growth, and the reduction of inequalities. Moreover, the EU has failed to deliver concrete results to its citizens, for which Member States carry part of the responsibility. The end result is an increasing lack of confidence by citizens in the EU, a sense of inappropriate intrusions by EU institutions in local affairs and a widening gap of misinformation. Rebuilding trust and confidence in the EU is crucial. The EU is at a turning point and acceptance by its citizens will be crucial to moving forward in this respect.