What do you want to achieve with this project?
We’re building the network for civil society action on the European Citizens’ Consultations regarding the Future of Europe in 27 member states.
Do you need help to put your idea into practice?
Join the network and get involved! There are currently several options:
- Be a NATIONAL LINK between the core network and the member states: http://www.demsoc.org/2018/07/06/ecc-links/
- Join the RESEARCH & EVALUATION working group: https://bit.ly/2uOs1Ac
- Join the MAILING LIST for updates and opportunities: http://eepurl.com/du3EIf
We are meeting on a regular basis, remotely and in-person, to develop the network and share updates. Please join the mailing list to find out about future meetings and to help us shape recommendations for the future of European consultations.
What are the details of the project?
The European Citizens’ Consultations (ECCs) were formally launched by President Emmanuel Macron in April and now they’re happening in 27 member states of the EU. The European Commission have also launched a digital consultation based on questions developed by a Citizens’ Panel in May.
Read more about the consultations here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/consultation-future-europe_en
The aims of the network are to:
- Be constructively critical of the ECC’s process as it is designed and run, with the aim of making it as open, representative and democratic as we can;
- Bring together Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) which are either engaged or interested in ECCs, and establish a good flow of information about what is happening on the ground and a frank and open exchange about risks and opportunities;
- Make it as easy as possible for civil society across the 27 participating member states to engage in the process and support participation;
- Build strong relationships between CSOs and institutional actors throughout the EU;
- Publicise across Europe the work of CSOs on the ECCs and the views that citizens express;
- Work towards ensuring that the process makes a positive long-term impact on open government and democracy at European and national level;
- Learn from and reflect on the process, drawing out the lessons for citizen participation and engagement;
- Keep the ideas and thinking that emerge in the course of the consultations alive across the European elections and the new European Commission, to ensure that the results and the relationships created by the process are not lost.
The network will work through online communication and regular meetings, with virtual participation possible. It will provide shared resources for civil society bodies working on the ECCs, and link the ECCs’ work into the wide range of existing democracy and open government initiatives.
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