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Citizens' Assemblies to Renew Engagement for the Future of Europe


Citizens' Assemblies to Renew Engagement for the Future of Europe

Citizens’ Assemblies to Renew Engagement for the Future of Europe

European Parliament Conference 27 November 2018 Registration deadline: 20 November 2018 18:00 CET

The EU urgently needs new democratic tools to reduce the distance felt by many EU citizens from EU institutions and to challenge the rise of populism. Citizens’ Assemblies to Renew Engagement (CARE) for the Future of Europe is a project based on a strong collaboration between academic and civil society partners in 4 Member States (Romania, Hungary, Italy and Germany) that has designed, run and evaluated an EU appropriate form of Citizens’ Assembly.

During the conference, the CARE project findings and recommendations will be presented and opened for discussion with MEPs, other relevant EU officials and civil society. Why introduce EU Citizens’ Assemblies? How can the Citizens' Assembly model be integrated with and support the existing EU institutions and policy-making? The conference will provide the opportunity to address these and other questions related to the future of EU democracy.

Conference Programme

15:15                     Registration participants in front of the Altiero Spinelli entrance (Esplanade Solidarność 1980)*

15:30                     Welcome with coffee/tea

16:00                     Opening words by MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras

16:15                     Presentation of CARE project findings & recommendations                              Laura Sullivan, WeMove CEO (tbc)                                Dr James Organ, University of Liverpool, School of Law and Social Justice

16:40                     Integration of Citizens’ Assemblies in EU politics                                            Stephen Boucher, author of Petit Manuel de Créativité Politique                               Claudia Chwalisz, author of The Populist Signal and The People’s Verdict

17:00                     Responses from Members of the European Parliament & other EU officials

17:30                     Responses from civil society & open discussion

18:15                     Closing words by MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras* = IMPORTANT NOTE: if you do not have EP accreditation, you can only enter into the European Parliament with a visitors' badge and accompanied by one of the EP event organisers. This will be arranged upon registration (15:15-15:30) in front of the Altiero Spinelli entrance (Esplanade Solidarność 1980). If you arrive at the European Parliament later than 15:30, we cannot guarantee that you can attend the event.

CARE's Citizens’ Assembly model

CARE’s approach to the Citizens' Assembly model is different for two reasons: it is applied for the first time at EU-level, while using a decentralized method, and it combines online citizen participation with offline Citizens’ Assembly meetings. At 8 meetings in 4 Member States, 123 citizens deliberated on different options for a more democratic, participatory EU through a structured, well-informed process. The recommendation agreed across the Member States was that there should be an EU Citizen Assembly.

Project Outcomes

CARE demonstrated that there is a real appetite for ‘doing politics differently’, and that citizens want to participate in informed deliberation about the complex questions facing Europe in a balanced and constructive way. Its innovative approach also showed that the Citizens’ Assembly method, successfully used at local and national level, is an excellent way of providing the space for flexible, inter-societal engagement in a geographically and culturally diverse polity such as the EU.

Please contact Maarten de Groot (bWFhcnRlbiB8IGNpdGl6ZW5zLWluaXRpYXRpdmUgISBldQ==; +31 6 40 59 56 47) for questions about the event.

Find more information about the project on the website: www.citizensassemblies.eu

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