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 their needs.
Every year two themes will be agreed between Europe's People's Forum and its European partners.
EPF Platform Consulting all EU Citizens on EU's Future
43 national and European-wide partner organisations with Europe's People's Forum have applied for funding of online and face2face consultations with all citizens in the EU to be finished before the Summit of state leaders in December
450 million European citizens will be asked to prioritise the policy areas they believe are most important to improve for the EU in the coming decade and will online prioritise the sort of changes they would favour. A representative group of citizens in every country will face2face discuss and develop visions for policy changes. Experts will assist in developing full policy proposals on basis of the peoples' inputs, while a Research Validation Panel will review the quality of analyses and coherence with citizens' priorities.
2 citizens from each member state elected by the face2face representative groups will finish the policy proposals and prioritise them in a Thematic Europe's People's Forum in the country side of Portugal, before all 400 citizens are invited to vote among the final proposals to decide which ones are presented for the EU Summit in December and later the EC and EP. The EPF platform is foreseen to be permanent with 2 themes every year. The start of the 2018 thematic consultation and debate will be in the Slovenian mountains in late August..
Together with Danish Confederation of Trade Unions, the Confederation of Danish Industry, New Europe, Forum for International Cooperation, Democratic Europe Organisation, Socialist Adult Education Association, Europe Direct Bornholm, and Inventio Group, the Danish Board of Technology and the Europe’s People’s Forum have proposed the Danish Parliament to carry out a Danish Democratic Forum on Danish priorities for the future of the EU
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It is important to ensure that the population will be behind the official Danish positions on Europe’s future in the changes for EU that can be expected in 2018, driven by Germany and France. Therefore, the Danish Democratic Forum encourages Danish citizens to give their recommendations for the future. The proposed democratic forum will have three full day meetings allowing citizens first online and in regional media to discuss their visions for the future EU
The partner organisations help engage the wider population in the online discussions and can present their own proposals, before the citizens in the meetings agree on recommendations for the future EU. In an expected conference with the Danish Parliament the recommendations from the citizens Democratic Fora should be presented and discussed by the politicians before formulation of the Danish positions to the future of EU.
Danish Democratic Forum
Europe's People's Forum is part of the project JOINT CITIZENS’ FORCES – COMMON EUROPEAN FUTURE (JOCICEF), co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union and under the auspices of the President of the European Parliament. The project aims at empowering European citizens and civil society organisations and oﬀers them a platform for structural dialogue with the EU policy- and decision-makers on the common future in a turbulent and decisive period for European integration.
Slovenian Paneuropean Movement,
Austrian Paneuropean Movement,
Paneuropean Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Hungarian Paneuropean Union
Montenegrin Paneuropean Union
Mediterranean Aﬀairs (Italy),
NATO Defense College Foundation (Italy),
Centre for European Policy Studies (Belgium), Transform – Centre for Conﬂict Engagement and Political Development (Germany),
Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (Spain), DIVERSITY (Slovakia)
Europe’s People’s Forum (Denmark/Belgium)
Planned international conferences:
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 2018 European enlargement process – does Euroscepticism aﬀect it?
Budapest, Hungary, October 2018 Euroscepticism – roots, challenges and prospects
Vienna, Austria, January 2019 Future of Europe – European identity and EU political landscape
EMPOWER CITIZENS FOR EUROPE
On the 12th of May the Associations for European Democracy met in Sesto San Giovanni, hosted by the European Movement, Italy. Besides Europe’s People’s Forum 17 European networks took part: AEDE, AEGEE, Cambiamo Rotta all’Europa, Citizens Route 2019, Comitato Ventotene, Democracy International, ECIT Foundation, En Marche – Italia, EUDEM, European City Teams, European Movement, Italy, European Patners for the Evironment, Forza Europa, GFE, JEF Europe, Movimento Europeo Italia, Pace Europe, Pulse of Europe, We are Europe.
The meeting concluded about Citizens Consultations that:
By having a consultation process fostered by the Commission, it is likely that the process is going to be transnational and conducted on a supranational level. Nonetheless, some concerns were raised.
The most criticised aspect is the use of an online platform, which is not suited to reach out to all, especially in less digitalised countries. Furthermore, the content of the questions are not only too complex, but also lacking in some crucial aspects, for instance the reform of the EU and citizenship.
It is not clear what the aim of this process is. This can be problematic and might decrease participation. Yet, it has been stressed that some fundamental criteria must be respected. The process must be participative, inclusive, pluralist and respects democratic principles. We observe with preoccupation the lack of involvement of the EP in this process, the only democratically accountable institution in the EU.
We recommend that such engagement of citizens should:
Former and current Ministers for Foreign and European Affairs supporting EPF