Citizens Take Over Europe - coalizione con European Alternatives e rete europea

Ciao a tutti, 
Come accennato nelle nostre varie riunioni il 9 Maggio stiamo contribuendo all'organizzazione di questa grande giornata di autoconvocazione della societá civile europea, cittadini e movimenti, per avviare un percorso che spinga verso una Assemblea dei Cittadini Europei verso la Conferenza sul Futuro dell'Europa.  comunque verso un percorso di coinvolgimento dei cittadini per la riforma costituzionale. L'evento si chiamerá "Another Europe Day" (allego il concept) ed è guidato principalmente da European Alternatives, in maniera impeccabile. 

Da un punto di vista metodologico e di approccio, la nostra partecipazione vede anche un co-coordinamento del gruppo di lavoro sulla democrazia partecipativa che intrecciamo con il Council on Participatory Democracy. 

Durante la giornata del 9 maggio sono previsti degli spazi per le varie organizzazioni che aderiscono. Proviamo a ragionare insieme su come potremmo valorizzare questo spazio (tendenzialmente un workshop di circa un'ora) nel quadro più complessivo del nostro lavoro? 

La proposta che mi pare potrebbe avere senso anche per collegarci al "Pacchetto Petizioni" è dare uno spazio ai risultati dei due council on participatory democracy e le proposte di merito elaborate nel primo e nel secondo, anche in base a quanto saremo in grado di fare ai tavoli tematici durante i lavori di venerdi del council. 
Sarebbe anche in linea con la nostra idea di presentare il "pacchetto" o un pezzo di pacchetto quando si sarebbe dovuta avviare la COFOE. 

Che ne dite? Idee, proposte,.... 

Cheers  
 

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Ciao a tutti, 
ha preso forma Citizens Take Over Europe, il primo appuntamento di quello che vuole essere un percorso di autoconvocazione di una Assemblea dei Cittadini Europei per il futuro dell'Europa. 

L'incontro del 9 maggio, organizzato dalla rete di organizzazioni europee in cui siamo entrati anche grazie al lavoro del Council on Participatory Democracy, ci permette di proseguire a livello europeo il lavoro del Council ma anche l'elaborazione sugli strumenti di partecipazione a livello europeo. 

Sul sito citizenstakeover.eu si trovano il programma - l'obiettivo è avviare un percorso che progressivamente veda la messa a punto di processi e strumenti per un'assemblea autoconvocata anche con finalitá di riforma dei trattati. Non mi dilungo ma trovate tutto scritto. 

Punti di confronto interno alla rete sono: influenza e interazione con le istituzioni (a partire dal parlamento), studio dei processi (con gruppi di lavoro) e temi politici. 

Si inizia appunto il 9 maggio. Questi sono gli appuntamenti che abbiamo costruito o che promuoviamo direttamente noi. 

Facciamoli conoscere (soprattutto invitando a eventi Facebook ma non solo) perchè sono di altissimo livello, frutto dell'intreccio delle iniziative che abbiamo messo in campo, e un ottimo modo per far conoscere il metodo e le iniziative anche a altri europei che magari non abbiamo invitato a altri appuntamenti. 

ore 12.00 - 13.00  Influencing the Conference on the Future of Europe (Facebook EventWith the participation of members of the coalition of Citizens Take Over Europe and with the attendance of Members of the European Parliament
–> Register and access the session here
The session is organized by Daniela Vancic (Democracy International) Elena Turci (The Good Lobby), with the participation of members of the coalition of Citizens Take Over Europe: Virgina Fiume (Eumans), Maarten de Groot (ECI Campaign), Lorenzo Mineo (Eumans), Michele Fiorillo (Civico Europa), Carsten Berg (ECI Campaign), Andi Gross (Eurotopia), Stefan Padberg (Mehr Demokratie), Alberto Alemanno (The Good Lobby) and more.

ore 13.00 - 14.00 EU CAN DO IT: how a Petition to the European Parliament can shape the future of Europe
(Facebook Event) | 
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–-> Register and access the session here
- Marco Cappato, civil rights activist, former MEP (1999-2009), founder of Eumans
- Rui Moreira, Mayor of Porto, Portugal 
-Sergi Campillo, Deputy Mayor of the City of Valencia and Councilor of the Area of Urban Ecology, Climate Emergency and Energy Transition
- Iga Kamocka, project coordinator Polish Robert Schuman Foundation
- Marco Perduca, coordinator of Science for Democracy
- Virginia Fiume, coordinator of Eumans and coordinator of the European initiative EU CAN DO IT
- Enea Emiliani, Mayor of Sant'Agata di Santerno (RA - Italy)

ore 18.00 - 19.00 StopGlobalWarming.eu: European Citizens for a social green new deal (Facebook Event) | With 
–> Register and access the session here
- Violeta Bulc, Former EU Commissioner Transport
- Giuseppe Grezzi, Councilor of the Area of Sustainable Mobility and Public Space of the València City Council
- Marco Cappato, civil rights activits, founder of Eumans, former MEP (1999-2009) and promoter of stopglobalwarming.eu
- Monica Frassoni, green and federalists, former Chairwoman of the European Greens, promoter of stopglobalwarming.eu monica.frassoni@ixelles.brussels
- Jan Valendin, Teaching and Research Associate Vienna University of Economics and Business and promoter of the project CO2MustGo

Ore 18.00 - 19.00 How to design a European Citizens’ Assembly?  (Facebook event) | With Fanette Bardin & Mathilde Ymer (Démocratie Ouverte), Simona Bussi (Extinction Rebellion), Yves Dejaeghere (G1000), Michele Fiorillo (CIVICO Europa), Brett Hening (Sortition Foundation), Angela Jain (Nexus Institut/German Citizens’ Assembly on Democracy), Lorenzo Mineo (Eumans), Magali Plovie (President of the Brussels Francophone Parliament).

Ore 19.30 - 20 - Sessione conclusiva con intervento anche di Marco Cappato 
Closing Citizens Take Over Europe
–> Register and access the session here

 

Ciao a tutti, 

Non so se siete riusciti a seguire ​​​​​L'appuntamento del 9 maggio Citizens Take Over Europe. 

Qui uno dei documenti conclusivi che traccia il percorso verso l'autoconvocazione dell'assemblea dei cittadini europei 

Questi i video delle dirette Facebook: 




Influencing the Conference on the Future of Europe (Facebook Event) | 
VIDEO DIRETTA FACEBOOK dal minuto 1.31.38 
https://www.facebook.com/106245304402157/videos/2868978959886713/


With the participation of members of the coalition of Citizens Take Over Europe and with the attendance of Members of the European Parliament

The session is organized by Daniela Vancic (Democracy International) Elena Turci (The Good Lobby), with the participation of members of the coalition of Citizens Take Over Europe: Virgina Fiume (Eumans), Maarten de Groot (ECI Campaign), Lorenzo Mineo (Eumans), Michele Fiorillo (Civico Europa), Carsten Berg (ECI Campaign), Andi Gross (Eurotopia), Stefan Padberg (Mehr Demokratie), Alberto Alemanno (The Good Lobby) and more.

EU CAN DO IT: how a Petition to the European Parliament can shape the future of Europe
VIDEO DIRETTA FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/106245304402157/videos/574991966478125/

- Marco Cappato, civil rights activist, former MEP (1999-2009), founder of Eumans
- Rui Moreira, Mayor of Porto, Portugal 
-Sergi Campillo, Deputy Mayor of the City of Valencia and Councilor of the Area of Urban Ecology, Climate Emergency and Energy Transition
- Iga Kamocka, project coordinator Polish Robert Schuman Foundation
- Marco Perduca, coordinator of Science for Democracy
- Virginia Fiume, coordinator of Eumans and coordinator of the European initiative EU CAN DO IT
- Enea Emiliani, Mayor of Sant'Agata di Santerno (RA - Italy)

StopGlobalWarming.eu: European Citizens for a social green new deal (Facebook Event) | With 
VIDEO DIRETTA FACEBOOK DAL MINUTO 2.58.00 https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=244400600235102 
- Violeta Bulc, Former EU Commissioner Transport
- Giuseppe Grezzi, Councilor of the Area of Sustainable Mobility and Public Space of the València City Council
- Marco Cappato, civil rights activits, founder of Eumans, former MEP (1999-2009) and promoter of stopglobalwarming.eu
- Monica Frassoni, green and federalists, former Chairwoman of the European Greens, promoter of stopglobalwarming.eu monica.frassoni@ixelles.brussels
- Jan Valendin, Teaching and Research Associate Vienna University of Economics and Business and promoter of the project CO2MustGo

How to design a European Citizens’ Assembly? 
Video diretta facebook dal minuto 1.01.00 
https://www.facebook.com/106245304402157/videos/549599742630795/
 | With Fanette Bardin & Mathilde Ymer (Démocratie Ouverte), Simona Bussi (Extinction Rebellion), Yves Dejaeghere (G1000), Michele Fiorillo (CIVICO Europa), Brett Hening (Sortition Foundation), Angela Jain (Nexus Institut/German Citizens’ Assembly on Democracy), Lorenzo Mineo (Eumans), Magali Plovie (President of the Brussels Francophone Parliament).

Ciao, 
Come accennatto nelle riunioni continua la nostra presenza nella coalizione Citizens Take Over Europe per la autoconovcazione di una assemblea dei cittadini europei per il futuro dell'Europa. 

Qui sotto trovate: 

1) Bozza di lettera aperta a Merkel per inizio Presidenza da presentare il 1 luglio e a cui far seguire una raccolta di firme di sostegno sia di organizzazioni che di cittadini (abbiamo tempo fino a mercoledi prossimo per proporre emendamenti) 

2) Concept note per l'evento del 1 luglio, come passaggio verso la autoconvocazione ma anche la definizione degli obiettivi politici dell'assemblea 

Sia io che Lorenzo Mineo che Octavian siamo molto coinvolti nei processi. Si tratta di un lavoro condiviso tra moltissime delle organizzazioni con cui facciamo rete da mesi. 

Ogni feedback o voglia di collaborare è ben accetta. 





BOZZA LETTERA 

Dear Ms. Merkel, dear Heads of State and Government,

 

The European Union is at a crossroads in its history: either it takes the path towards a more social, sustainable, democratic and citizen-led European polity, or it will have increasingly more trouble. It is at this critical juncture that Germany is taking over the EU Presidency. By means of this letter, we, [X] civil society organisations from across Europe, are calling upon you to give the proposed Conference on the Future of Europe the priority it needs to have in order to guide the EU out of the many crises it is confronted with.

 

The EU finds itself in a paradoxical situation: the need for transnational collaboration and supranational action is bigger than ever before, but never have the EU and its Member States been so divided and so powerless. The various challenges the EU is facing nowadays - ranging from the Corona crisis and its socio-economic implications to the climate crisis, and from the Brexit negotiations to global geopolitical developments - can only be overcome if the EU stands united. 

 

The only way the EU can overcome its current disunity is if citizens are given a share of the responsibility in addressing the manifold crises, and in formulating answers to them. Only if citizens are given ownership of our common, cross-border problems, can they be expected to contribute constructively to a better European Union. The role of civil society, too, must be anchored firmly in the Conference’s structure.

 

The Conference on the Future of Europe proposed by Ursula von der Leyen in July 2019 offers the best opportunity to develop this type of shared ownership among citizens, civil society, Member States and EU institutions. But it needs to be done right, or this Conference may be the last thing that the EU ever initiated.

 

If the Conference on the Future of Europe turns into a public relations exercise rather than a real attempt to bring in citizens’ voices, the Conference will feed the narrative of democratic deficiency in the EU. In order to prevent this, the Conference must be carefully designed, ensuring an open, transparent, inclusive and participatory process, and show a strong commitment for meaningful implementation of its outcome.

 

If the Conference has the necessary democratic credentials, we as Europe’s civil society stand ready to make a constructive contribution to it, and to mobilize citizens across Europe to do the same.

 

We count on you to make the Germany Presidency one of new beginnings, and to start the interinstitutional negotiations with the European Parliament and the European Commission on the design, scope and objectives of the Conference as soon as possible

 

Democratically yours, 



EVENTO 1 LUGLIO 


 

1ST OF JULY - CONCEPT AND PROPOSAL [9th OF JUNE PROPOSAL]

Why:
- To present publicly our political demands for a European Citizens Assembly as the foundation of the debate for the future of Europe starting from the citizens
- To offer an opportunity for the existing coalition Citizens Take Over Europe, the organisations and citizens who took part in the 9th of May kick off event to regroup and continue the bottom-up process of designing a self organised European Citizens Assembly

How:
- We need to be “sustainable” in our approach. Let’s organise something that we have the resources to manage 
- Technical platform: Zoom to enable more participation than with Cisco Webex. For the session in the morning, it might need some specific restrictions. On the 9th May, the room never got over 100 participants (max 70).
 

What:
- A 1-day of action that connects the political demands of the open letter with the second “self-convocation” of Citizens Take Over Europe.
- The first part of the day outlines the request; the second part of the day is a “practical demonstration” that we are serious about this self organisation process.

Who:
- A public event open to registrations
- Mainly aimed for the people and organisations who had already been involved in Citizens Take Over Europe on the 9th of May (directly as coalition members, as attendees in the panels, as people who found out about us on social networks) and organisations that can build the power and legitimacy of the coalition.
- Will be broadcasted on social media, so that the process can be open and transparent (and with the opportunity to join and take part in the event and in the future of the coalition).
- Making it public and transparent gives to the event a political meaning > connecting this to the Open Letter helps us to show that we are serious about what we are doing
- It is of the utmost importance to involve the experts of designing Citizens Assemblies involved by the Constitutional Working Group and within our coalition to “officially” join the event and “commit” to adding a level of “scientificity” to the event in itself, so that it becomes a formal step of the self convocation. 


PROPOSED AGENDA

11.00 - 12.00
Press Conference / Virtual Sit-in to present and discuss the Open Letter

Presentation of the Open Letter with the presence of a representative of each organization of the coalition
Invite the advocacy targets + the media for Q&A
[Proposal: associate a direct social media action to this moment - i.e. a Citizens Take Over card to be shared on social media or a change in the social media profile]

16.00 PM - 20.00 PM
Citizens Take Over Europe  - Why, What, How [It is not a title but a concept]

Session 1 (60 minutes)
After the 9th of May - Our Political Demands toward a Citizens Assembly: Participants that organised sessions on the 9th of May bring to this moment key learning of the day. 
Session 2 (90 minutes)
Citizens Assemblies 101: an opportunity to discuss the methodology and approaches that citizens assemblies could take. It should be facilitated by those who are “experts” in citizens’ assemblies.
Session 3 (90 minutes)
Designing a roadmap for Citizens Take Over Europe
 

Session 1
After the 9th of May - Our Political Demands toward a Citizens Assembly

The idea is to have an introductory session based on 2-pillars: the lessons that we learned from Covid19 and the needs of reform of the European Union. Identify 2 key-note speakers.

Instead of pre-determining some topics we use this session to go back to all the panels organised on the 9th of May and ask the organisers to present the key takeawaystake aways of that sessionsessions.

The goal is to have a plenary session where all issues are layed on the table as the basis of a bottom-up process of “consultation” that helps to clearly identify matters of political urgency.

How to:
- 5-minute presentation of each 9th of May Panel with the key takeaways (limited to a maximum of 6?)
- These key takeawaystake aways will be shared in advance
- Note taking to make sure that issues are all “summarised” in a similar format so that they can become the Draft One of the mapping of political issues that constituted the infrastructure of the topics we want to be discussed in Citizens Assembly
- Ask the Experts to help us design this phase


Session 2
Citizens Assemblies 101

Make sure that all the participants are aligned on what is a Citizens Assembly, how it could be built, what makes a European Citizens Assembly from - for example - local citizens’ assemblies.

Comparing some instruments:
Sortition / Not Sortition
Online / Offline
Local / European / Transnational


Session 3
Designing a roadmap for Citizens Take Over Europe

With the direct involvement of the experts in Citizens Assemblies involved by the Working Groups and the knowledge of the coalition’s members, work on a realistic roadmap for Citizens Take Over Europe.


OUTPUTS OF THE 1st of JULY
i
- Strengthen the coalition and engaging people that started to be interested in what we are doing
- Show case publicly for our advocacy targets but also within the European public sphere that we are moving forward with our plan
- Lay down the political demands with a bottom up process 

 

Ciao a tutti, 

Visto che nessuno avvia un confronto sulla proposta di Citizens Take Over Europe lo faccio io. 

Citizens Take over Europe è l'iniziativa di processo di autoconvocazione dei cittadini europei - nato inizialmente per spingere la convocazione della conferenza sul futuro dell'Europa dopo il Council on Participatory Democracy di Marzo e Eucandoit. 


Premetto che la macchina di confronto politico a volte si inceppa tra mille rivoli dei canali che sperimentiamo, ma questi post sull'Iniziativa Citizens Take Over Europe sono qui da un po' e sono stati ripresi nelle riunioni e li abbiamo menzionati in più di un'occasione.

per chi si fosse perso le puntate precedenti: 

 



Dalla teoria alla pratica per un balzo europeo: : 
Cos'è Citizens take Over Europe e il ruolo di Eumans 

Sono coinvolte alcune delle più interessanti organizzazioni della societá civile in Europa. Certo, magari alcune sono molto istituzionali, altre sono fortemente incentrate sulle dinamiche di dipendenza, anche economica, dai progetti europei. La bolla di Bruxelles la chiamano. Ma l'intento accomuna moltissimo quello che cerchiamo di fare anche noi che tutti i giorni dedichiamo ore e giorni a portare avanti insieme le iniziative di Eumans. La differenza che rende unico Eumans rispetto alle altre organizzazioni è la capacità di mobilitazione per andare al cuore della politica. Esattamente come abbiamo fatto con Eucandoit. 


Ora lo possiamo fare di nuovo. 

  •  La lettera aperta alla Merkel e ai capi di Governo qui sopra è il frutto di un lavoro di cucitura di una coalizione, Citizens Take Over Europe, che si era unita in aprile per discutere su come spingere la convocazione della Conferenza sul Futuro dell'Europa. Attraverso un processo di auto-convocazione. La lettera che vedete era stata proposta, anche da Lorenzo Mineo, con una chiave molto più legata al Recovery Fund e all'utilizzo del Recovery Fund. 

    Si è poi depurata, anche per tenere insieme la coalizione, sulla pura convocazione della Conferenza sul Futuro dell'Europa.

    Alcuni della coalizione, per esempio Francesca Ratti, di Civico Europe, sostengono che sia importante usare questo momento presente per avviare il processo di consultazione con i cittadini come possibilitá per un balzo federalista, vero, supportato dai cittadini. Per un cambio di politiche e competenze che anche stopglobalwarming.eu promuove.

    Proprio perchè le decisioni importanti verranno prese col Recovery Fund, non con un ennesimo rimando della Conferenza sul Futuro dell'Europa. Ed è quindi importante coinvolgere i cittadini su questo, anche per la tenuta stessa della democrazia europea. 


    Io suggerisco di provare a reinserire quello spunto, senza sradicare la natura della lettera. E ribadire l'importanza di affiancare ad esso un processo di consultazione SERIA dei cittadini, che solo l'estrazione a sorte potrebbe garantire. 

    Forse Lorenzo stesso potrebbe rileggerla ora alla luce della prima versione e suggerire qualche modifica. 
     
  •  L'evento del 1 Luglio : anche questa proposta è frutto di una mediazione. Tra chi voleva fare solo una serie di convegno tematici e chi ritiene che vadano tenuti insieme i puntini. La proposta che vedete è frutto di una mia sintesi. Quello che farei per non perdere l'opportunitá politica è di: 

    - usare il tema del Recovery Fund come filo conduttore della Sessione 1 - quella sulle proposte delle organizzazioni invitate il 9 maggio 
    - avere esperti nelle sessioni tematiche che aiutino proprio a valutare le differenze tra i vari modi di convocare una consultazione dei cittadini. Le tecniche e le valutazioni. 


Non c'è mai tempo per fare un lavoro del genere. Ma se non vogliamo che la nostra proposta politica di usare la democrazia della partecipazione per le cose davvero importanti, dobbiamo dedicare del tempo a questo "materiale". 

Perchè non è "materiale": sono ore e ore e ore di lavoro politico. Di tutti noi. 

Prendiamoci il tempo. 


 

Se ci sono margini per fare inserire nella lettera a Merkel la convocazione di una assemblea dei cittadini estratti a sorte per fare proposte sull'utilizzo dei fondi Next Generationn EU, pernso che sia un tentativo da fare. Forse, se vogliamo evitare che suoni troppo alternativa alla Conferenza sul futuro dell'Europa, potremmo presentarla esplicitamente come parte della conferenza sul futuro dell'Europa, cioè come una prima fase che fornisca: 1. proposte per l'utilizzo dei fondi Next Generation Eu; proposte di riforme politiche e istituzionali da discutere nel proseguio della conferenza per il futuro dell'Europa.

In altri termini, l'Assemblea dei Cittadini europei estratti a sorte avrebbe la doppia funzione di fare proposte immediate sui fondi e proposte più di medio-lungo periodo per ridisegnare l'Unione europea. In questo formato, potrebbe essere sia una propsota istituzionale che (in caso di diniego da parte della UE) una progetto extraitituzionale gestito da Citizens take over Europe nella speranza di poter collaborare almeno con il Parlamento europeo.

 

 

 

Ciao a tutti, 
Ecco l'ultima versione della lettera a Angela Merkel elaborata con Citizens Take over Europe. 
La decisione della coalizione sembra essere: 

- Richieste precise Conferenza Sul Futuro Dell'Europa 
- Riferimento al Recovery Fund e a un processo partecipativo propedeutico alla Conferenza sul Futuro dell"Europa - ma riferimento leggero
- Confronto interno anche a Citizens Take over Europe nella plenaria di domani e durante l'evento del 1 luglio https://www.facebook.com/events/663312394223484/  se e come avviare altre forme di pressione per le richieste più specifiche rispetto al confronto sul Recovery Fund (per esempio - su nostra proposta - ipotizzare una petizione al PE specifica) e intorno a cui costruire il processo di auto-organizzazione 

La mia opinione è che la Open Letter e la partecipazione a questo discorso ci aiuta a avere una linea di azione sulla Conferenza sul Futuro dell'Europa e nello stesso tempo a lavorare insieme a altri su una piattaforma di elaborazione di iniziative. 

Se non ci sono opinioni contrarie la sottoscriviamo e magari anche condividiamo con altri da noi quando sará pubblica. 







 

Dear Ms. Merkel, 

 

The European Union is at a crossroads in its history: either it takes the path towards a more social, sustainable, democratic, and citizen-led European polity, or it will continue the status quo, risking democratic erosion. It is at this critical juncture in EU history that Germany is taking over the EU Presidency. We, the Citizens Take Over Europe coalition, (jointly with) X civil society organisations from across Europe, are calling on you to make true the promise of the proposed Conference on the Future of Europe to guide the EU out of the many crises with which it is confronted.

 

The Future of Europe is under decision right now: the “Next Generation EU” Recovery Fund will permanently double the EU budget to alleviate the ongoing consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, and strengthen European solidarity towards a deeper political Union, potentially affecting every aspect of the EU’s action. THowever, the debate on the use of the biggest recovery fund in EU history cannot take place exclusively behind the closed doors of the Council. While we urge you to agree on a bold and ambitious economic response as soon as possible, we recognise that the relaunch of Europe cannot only be economic - it must also be democratic. Because of its historical importance, a civic debate on the use of funds and the long-term reforms needed should be amongst the baseis on which to convene the Conference on the Future of Europe, and new mechanisms for citizens to participate in an ongoing way in the economic governance of the EU should be explored. . 

 

Accordingly, we call on you to:

 

- Before: engage civil society to co-design upstream an empowering format over which citizens feel ownership and urgently commit to a timetable for the Conference on the Future of Europe itself.

 

- During: Ensure complete democratic legitimacy by putting citizens centre-stage in the discussions at all phases, make special efforts to involve minorities and youth, and firmly anchor civil society’s role in the Conference’s structure. Citizens must not only be consulted but be participant The best way to demonstrate such a commitment we suggest would be to utilise early on one of the many existing instruments to bring citizens in (a paneuropean citizens’ consultation; or even a randomly selected Citizens’ Assembly and so on)

 

- After: Pledge to follow-up to any significant reforms recommended by the Conference, including the open ended possibility of treaty change.

 

The need for transnational collaboration and supranational action is greater than ever before. The EU is facing multi-faceted unprecedented challenges: COVID-19 and its socio-economic implications, the climate crisis, Brexit and global geopolitical instability. These challenges can only be overcome if citizens are given a role in addressing them. The Conference on the Future of Europe offers the best opportunity to develop this shared ownership among citizens, civil society, Member States, and EU institutions. But it needs to be designed, implemented, executed, and followed-up properly in order to achieve the intended effect. Concretely, our vision would be of an EU that would have the mechanisms and the ethos to consult with citizens when such a radical innovation as the june 2020 recovery fund comes about, starting the innovative experimentation of a continent-wide participatory budgeting which would integrate the work of the EU institutions.


 

If the Conference on the Future of Europe turns into a public relations exercise rather than a real and substantial attempt to bring in citizens’ closer to the EU, the Conference will feed the narrative of the EU’s democratic deficit. To prevent this, the Conference must be carefully designed, ensuring an open, transparent, inclusive, and participatory process, including a clear role for civil society, and there must be a strong commitment for meaningful implementation of its outcome.

 

If the Conference has the necessary democratic character, we, as European civil society organisations, stand ready to make a constructive contribution to it, and to mobilize citizens across Europe to do the same.

 

We count on you to make the Germany Presidency one of new beginnings

 

Thank you for taking important steps to make the democratic future of Europe a priority during your Presidency.  


 

Ciao guys - con Citizens Take Over Europe stiamo preparando un documento contenente 10 principi per una "citizens-centered CoFoE" da presentare alla Presidenza tedesca del Consiglio (ed eventualmente ai 3 commissari competenti).

Li trovate in basso: se avete degli input, la scadenza per apportare modifiche è martedì 14 Luglio. 

Let me know :)

 

10 principles for a citizen-centered Conference on the Future of Europe [DRAFT]

Deadline for comments: 14.7.2020

In July 2019, Ursula von der Leyen announced her intention to convene a two-year Conference on the Future of Europe, with the proclaimed aim to involve “citizens, including a significant role for young people, civil society and European institutions as equal partners.” We, the Citizens Take Over Europe coalition, welcome this proposal to “give citizens their say” by means of a structured transnational participatory process. However, it needs to be done right in order to have the intended effect. By means of the 10 principles below, we want to make our contribution to the institutional deliberations on how to shape the Conference on the Future of Europe (hereafter: the Conference).

1. Participatory
EU citizens and residents should have the opportunity to shape the Conference at every step of its development, starting with the decisions on the design, scope and objectives of the Conference, as well as the status of its public input into EU decision-making. The Conference should integrate the model of citizens’ assembly into its operation. Considering that every participatory instrument has its limitations, additional participatory instruments should be considered as well. The choice of the participatory instruments should give EU citizens and residents a meaningful chance of shaping the Conference process and its outcomes.

2. Inclusive
Participation in the Conference should be inclusive. Citizens and civil society should participate on an equal footing with the EU and national institutions. All participatory mechanisms must be open to both EU citizens and EU residents, and citizens and residents from EU candidate countries must be involved as well (though without decision-making capacity). The citizens’ assemblies recommended as a constituent part of the Conference should be composed by means of stratified random selection, ensuring a balanced representation of people from different ages, genders, countries of residence, socio-economic backgrounds, and with different attitudes towards the EU (both positive and negative). 

3. Open
The Conference should have the freedom to set its own agenda and to put forward proposals for the future of Europe, with all options on the table (including recommendations for treaty changes), and without pre-emption of any of the outcomes of the discussion. The Conference should have the power to decide its own rules and proceedings, and its own participatory instruments, and always take the input from citizens’ participation into account.

4. Deliberative
The Conference should maximise opportunities for dialogue, deliberation and contestation among citizens, between citizens and politicians, and other stakeholders including relevant experts. The Conference should allow for a wide variety of opinions and perspectives on Europe’s future to be expressed and recognised. For these to be taken into account, the recommended citizens’ assemblies should reflect on citizens’ reports developed at the local, regional and national level and develop concrete, jointly decided proposals that provide EU decision-makers with the necessary guidance.

5. Transnational
The Conference should maximize opportunities for interaction and debate between citizens from different countries. The recommended citizens’ assemblies should be transnational, so that their outcomes reflect the considered views of the diversity of EU citizens and residents, rather than the sum total of national constituencies’ opinions.

6. Transparent
All official Conference-related events should be livestreamed, recorded and made publicly available, unless there are overriding concerns which are to be communicated publicly. All official Conference-related documents should be made publicly available in at least all official EU languages on a single online platform.

7. Accountable
The Conference should be accountable to the public at large, by providing citizens with clear written feedback on their input. It should explain in an exhaustive manner which citizens’ proposals were fully adopted in the Conference resolutions, which partially, and which were rejected, and provide reasons for these decisions. Additionally, it should provide room for citizens to continue the political dialogue on the basis of the written feedback. Furthermore, significant EU funds should be made available for citizens and civil society organisations to mobilise their communities around the Conference, and engage in related  advocacy actions and campaigns. Lastly, an independent EU Civil Society Forum should be set up in order to monitor and support the official Conference, as well as its follow-up by the EU institutions. 

8. Effective
EU institutions should pre-commit to following up on the input and recommendations put forward by the Conference. National, regional and local authorities should be invited to make a similar commitment.

9. Visible
Local, regional, national and EU authorities should use all available means to publicise the Conference and Conference-related events. Digital tools should be used to multiply outreach. The Conference should have its own visual identity, and set up a single online platform that should function as the ‘online hub’ of the Conference.

10. Fun
The Conference should demonstrate that European politics can be entertaining. In order to showcase this, a number of transnational festivals should be set up to connect the world of politics to the world of arts and culture.

 Do you feel that anything is missing in this list of principles? Please send us your feedback by writing to info@citizenstakeover.eu.