From 23-26 May, the European elections take place. This is our only chance, once every 5 years, to have a direct influence on the course of the European Union. But are elections really enough to ensure democracy?
We don't think so! That's why we are campaigning for fundamental democratic reforms of the EU - by putting citizens center stage!
If Brexit and the rise of euroscepticism across the continent teaches us one thing, it is that the EU can no longer afford to be an elitist, expert-led project. If the EU wishes to survive, business as usual is no longer an option, and it needs to find credible ways of involving citizens directly in the fundamental debate on the future of Europe.
We demand that the new European Parliament takes the lead in the democratic reform of the EU and pledges to:
- Advocate for the organization of randomly-selected citizens’ assemblies in order to develop concrete citizens’ recommendations on the democratic future of Europe;
- Ensure that citizens’ recommendations are followed up by means of legislative proposals, including a proposal for Treaty change, if necessary;
- Advocate for all citizens to be given a final say on the outcome of a possible Convention, which is required in case of Treaty change by Article 48 of the Treaty on European Union;
- Establish a parliamentary intergroup on the future of European democracy in order to design a roadmap for democratic reform, exploring the above-mentioned proposals.
The corona crisis has severely slowed down the momentum in the developing debate on EU reform. The "Conference on the Future of Europe" had to be postponed. The corona crisis is basically managed by the nation states. But “Europa” must take the bull by the horns! Otherwise she will mummify like an aging diva in the back rooms of power.
Civil Society Organizations kick off a Citizens’ Conference on the Future of Europe. - This year’s Europe Day, the 9th of May, is marked by the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, by the 75th anniversary of the end of World War 2 and by the terrible Covid-19 pandemia. At a turning point for Europe, civil society organisations across the Union are taking the lead to organise a citizen-led Conference on the Future of Europe, and send out a message of solidarity, cooperation and democracy.
On 15th January the European Parliament adopted a "Resolution on the Conference on the Future of Europe". In it the Parliament describes its ideas on the scope, concept, structure, procedure and timetable of this conference, which was convened by the new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. These proposals are, in terms of scope, differentiation, transparency and participation requirements, among the best ever decided by an EU institution. One might almost say that if even a fraction of them were to be implemented, it would be a giant step forward in the culture of participation at EU level. Moreover, these proposals also set standards for the participation culture in those member…