OUR MISSION


The mission of Europe’s People’s Forum (EPF) is to strengthen European democracy by serving as a permanent platform where civil society and people in all Member States are engaged to discuss and develop their visions for European policies that reflect their needs.


Europe's People's Forum allows and encourages every single person among the 450 million people in EU’s 27 countries to voice their opinions and visions and to influence the policy-making of the European Union. It is a key purpose for the Forum to ensure that the people’s policy proposals gain a serious impact on the policies in Europe. To have such impact it is necessary that the proposals put forward are credible, substantiated and coherent in a societal context.

                                                             

EPF Platform Consulting all EU Citizens on EU's Future


70 national and European-wide partner organisations with Europe's People's Forum will reach out to all citizens and ensure their inputs and contributions to policies solving important European challenges


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 to present to and discuss with relevant commissioners and Members of the European Parliament. The EPF platform is foreseen to be permanent with 2 themes every year. 

​  WHAT's NEW?

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.                                                                              more...

​​​​​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.                                                                                                                                 more...

Europe's People's Forum has been 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.


Project partners:
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)

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 recommended

that such engagement of citizens should:

  • Be available and attractive for all 450 million citizens in the 27 Member States.
  • Be carried out through deliberative face-to-face, online and media consultations.
  • The citizens’ inputs should be brought to develop genuinely European citizens’ policy proposals by using representative citizens’ meetings and online mechanisms across Europe that allow a systematic dialogue, continuous citizens’ follow-up and transparent decision making.
  • Continue to be practised, not only in the run-up to the European elections in 2019, but also on a regular basis as to bring the EU institutions closer to the citizens,
  • The policy proposals developed and prioritised by the citizens must be finalised both in the policy planning of the Commission and the EP.
  • Such an additional democratic feature for deliberative involvement must be systematic and remain independent, building on the civil society in all its diversity and be carried out in firm agreement with the EU institutions (Commission, EP, Council).
  • Independent mechanism for funding must be developed, linked to the future budget for citizens and combined with revenues from external sources.

    Empowering

    We recommend to set up a framework of citizens empowering democracy, including EU referendum, access to information, access to justice related to the infringements of European values, whistleblowing protection, a budget and public deficit monitoring scheme at EU and Member States levels, supported by digital revolution (i.e. block chain).
                           

                                                        

EU Commissioner for Democracy and Demography

The prospective new European Commission with a Commissioner for Democracy and Demography is an important step forward for the engagement of citizens in  EU's policy making. 


Elect-President for the European Commission, Ms. Ursula Von den Leyen has tasked the prospective Commissioner for Democracy and Demography Ms. The new president of the Commission – Ursula Von der Leyen (DE) – has tasked the prospective commissioner and vice president Dubravka Suica (CR) democracy and demography) with a conference on the Future of Europe. 
It should start in 2020 and run for two years
It should “bring together citizens, including a significant role for young people, civil society and European institutions as equal partners”.
Von der Leyen instructed Suica to explore ways to make participation in person or online as easy and accessible as possible. 
The scope and objectives should be agreed between the Parliament, the Council and the Commission. 
Von der Leyen also announced that she is ready to follow up on what is agreed, including by legislative texts and that she is also open to treaty change. The conference will be chaired by a Member of the European Parliament.


During the hearings of the new commissioners the European Parliament was eager to seek commitment and engagement of citizens in the policy making. 

Dubravka Suica confirmed during the hearing that: "We need to engage with Europeans across our Union, to listen to their hopes, expectations and their concerns, which are related to their realities: those linked to climate, economy, digital development, global transformation, demographic changes. The President-elect has tasked me with finding ways to make participation in person or online and make it as easy and accessible as possible. I will make this an absolute priority."

​​Former Ministers for Foreign Affairs supporting EPF


DENMARK

  • Uffe Ellemann-Jensen
  • Martin Lidegaard
  • Mogens Lykketoft
  • Per Stig Møller 
  • Holger K. Nielsen



FINLAND

  • Pär Stenbäck
  • Alexander Stubb​​


ITALY

  • Sandro Gozi


THE NETHERLANDS

  • Laurens Jan Brinkhorst


POLAND

  • Radosław Tomasz Sikorski


PORTUGAL

  • Margarida Marquez​