The mission of Europe’s People’s Forum (EPF) is to strengthen European democracy by serving as a permanent platform where people in all Member States are engaged to discuss and develop their visions for European policies that reflect the needs of the people.
Every year two themes will be agreed between Europe's People's Forum and its European partners.
Debate About Europe is not Enough - Action is Urgently Needed
Citizens must act and influence the future of Europe that is pressured, both internally and internationally.
U.S. President Trump has repeatedly threatened international cooperation on international trade, security, climate change, legal standards and on refugees and migration. Brexit chose the dream of a past empire for European cooperation. Solidarity and fair sharing of responsibility is questioned by several Member States following the influx of refugees and migrants from third countries. The Schengen area of free movement is put at risk by introduction of national borders and insufficient control of external borders. Homegrown violent extremists and the foreseen return of fighters from Syria threatens Europe's security, and a fear of Russia hangs above the heads of some of the new Member States.
An increasing part of European citizens see to the European Union as a way out of these difficulties. But the majority of citizens demand influence and a possibility to engage actively. Several Eurobarometer surveys show that only 43 % find that their voice counts in EU, and only 47 % find that democracy is satisfying in EU. As low as 36 % have trust in the European institutions.
These are the challenges that Europe’s People’s Forum was set up to address with its partner Danish Board of Technology Foundation. By giving every single person in the 27 countries a voice and a possibility to influence the future of EU, its policies, its institutions and its member states, Europe's People's Forum aims to transform the broad support to EU into a stronger, more effective Europe based on solidarity and an active engagement of its citizens. The citizens from all 27 countries should be encouraged to vote and be directly engaged in formulating their own policy solutions that answer their own concerns and are listened to by the European Commission and the European Parliament as well as the national parliaments.
This is the Europe we in Europe's People's Forum want to build together.
On our EUROPEAN MEDIA MONITOR page, you can find uncensored all the latest articles that have been published in 4000 online media and cover the themes that EPF currently works with in its peoples’ debates, its Think Tanks’ Thoughts and its Glimpses of Europe.
EMM also offers you all coverage of activities from the many organisations registered with Europe’s People’s Forum, dealing with citizens and democracy.
GLIMPSES OF EUROPE
Glimpses of Europe offers you information about exciting new initiatives and organisations, about events you might not have heard about and about new policy visions, which all prioritise to involve citizens in improving democracy at European and national level. Some fact sheets are written by the Europe’s People’s Forum and others are provided by other organisations or supporters. We encourage all to be as factual and balanced as possible and look forward to your contributions.
THINK THANKS' THOUGHTS
Most analyses conducted by the numerous think thanks and researchers in Europe offers very useful insights. Europe’s People’s Forum provides an exclusive selection of articles so they may reach the audience they deserve.
[Europe's Peoples' Forum regularly selects all the events around Europe that aim at strengthening EU democracy and citizens’ engagement. If you want your events to be included in our calendar, contact our Network Coordinator Veronica Orrù: email@example.com]
DEBATE ON EUROPE
Debate on Europe has been shaped to attract the most engaged debate partners, the most innovative and well-argued proposals for the new EU and its future policies. Prepare your pen and send us your vision for new structures and functions of the European Union or new Policies that should be shaped with the European Union. Your visions will be published on this place at the website as well as at Europe's People's Forum's Facebook. Don't hesitate to send us your response whenever you disagree or have additional nuances to the exiting posts.
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Former and current Ministers for Foreign and European Affairs supporting EPF
The Rome Declaration of the leaders of 27 member states and of the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission on the 25.3.2017 in Rome strengthens EU's commitment to engage and listen to the concerns of the peoples of Europe.
"We pledge to listen and respond to the concerns expressed by our citizens and will engage with our national parliaments."... "We will promote a democratic, effective and transparent decision-making process and better delivery."