​​​  EUROPE's PEOPLE's FORUM


In the past, the European Union has engaged in several processes to discuss its policies and decisions with the European people, but without much success. The EU is still criticised for its democratic deficit in the European Council and the European Commission. These institutions are perceived by many to neglect people’s needs and concerns.

Europe’s People’s Forum aims to turn the traditional European policy process on its head by letting the people formulate its visions and policy proposals across the 27 member states and by advocating for them at a forum with European and national politicians and civil servants. It is the ambition that the forum will constitute Europe’s people’s counterpart to the World Economic Forum in Davos.



Goal

The aim of Europe’s People’s Forum is to strengthen European democracy and engage the people and media in a debate of strategies and visions for the future EU together with other national European initiatives. This debate seeks to impact on the course of the EU and to better align future EU political strategies with the populations’ priorities.

Who

The forum  is implemented by the international non-profit organization Europe’s People’s Forum (EPF), registered in Denmark, in collaboration with tentatively more than 50 active organisations from the 27 EU member states. These organisations will convene in 2017 to determine the activities for the three following years.


How

Each year the project will be implemented in five phases: 


  1. Each year Europe’s People’s Forum and its partners will define 2 themes currently debated by Europe’s peoples. These themes will constitute the focus of discussion in online debates and activities in the 27 member states based on the debate questions and information materials provided through Europe’s People’s Forum.
  2. Partner organisations aiming to increase participation in a democratic dialogue in the 27 countries about future reforms and EU policies will facilitate debates on the two themes through media, online debates and public meetings.
  3. In each of the 27 countries the local partner organisations will summarise the debates in the media and the internet based platforms and will facilitate a demo­cratic election of two representatives per country to participate in the thematic fora.
  4. Twice a year 54 participants from the 27 EU member states will convene in Denmark to discuss the debate questions for the two defined themes. They will develop a coherent policy proposal for each theme based on the information and opinions expressed during the national debates.
  5. During the annual Europe’s People’s Forum in Denmark, the participants in the thematic fora will present the general conclusions of the debates. Their conclusions and the contributions from other European democracy initiatives will provide the basis for a coherent political strategy for the two selected themes. Politicians and civil servants from Europe’s regions, member states, and the European Institutions will be invited to discuss the strategies and visions.


Online communities and role of the Media

An easily accessible and active debate platform on the Internet is crucial to promote the debate across member states and ensure maximum involvement of Europe’s people. The project will also engage with European regional and national public service media organisation as key actors to increase participation in the project.

Research Validation Panel

The Research Validation Panel consists of recognised researchers and research institutions across Europe and covers the broad range of thematic challenges that will be dealt with by EPF. The Research Validation Panel will ensure that the final policy proposals that the people put forward are not only easy opinions but also are well substantiated in a broader analytical and political perspective. It is however important that the visions remain those deriving from the popular debates in the 27 countries and only are validated, adjusted and substantiated through the Research Validation Panel. 


The organisation Europe’s People’s Forum

Europe’s People’s Forum is registered as an international non-profit organization in Denmark with a professional board comprised of Danish and European members who are legally responsible for the activities of the organization. The organization will also have an advisory committee with representative from the 27 member states.

Most activities are expected to take place across all other European countries in which Europe’s People’s Forum expects to have one or two national partners with whom it is connected by an online platform. The organisation actively raises funds from private foundations and companies but might in a later phase also receive funding through the EU Institutions in Bruxelles.


The Board of the organisation is awaiting additional members but currently includes the following persons:


  • Chairperson: Niels Jørgen Thøgersen (BE) – former Director of Communication, European Union
    • email: ​niels@europespeoplesforum.eu
  • Deputy Chairperson: Roger Casale (UK), CEO New Europeans
    • ​​email: roger@neweuropeans.net
  • Member, Secretary General: Bent Nørby Bonde (BE), Director Media Progress, former director Baltic Media Centre and TV 2 Bornholm
    • email: ​bnb@europespeoplesforum.eu
  • Member: Ylva Tiveus (SE), former Director of Communication, European Union
    • email: ylva@tiveus.eu
  • Member: Jakob Erle (DK), former director Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute and IAED
    • email: jakob@erle.dk
  • Member: Per Frimann (DK), former football player and EC press officer, now football expert commentator
    • ​email: perfrimann@tdcadsl.dk
  • Member: Povl Christian Henningsen (DK), owner Henningsen Global, former EC interpreter -
    • email: mail@henningsenglobal.com



Address


Ryvangs Allé 18, 2100 Copenhagen Oe, Denmark, VAT 38364367


or


40 Boulevard du Régent, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium


​​​​​​Our Partners

EUROPE

  • Europeans Throughout the World
  • iCAN
  • International Junior Chamber
  • Stand up for Europe


BELGIUM

  • Maison des Associations Internationales
  • Romanian Community Belgium


DENMARK

  • Danish Board of Technology Foundation
  • Forum for International Cooperation 
  • Nyt Europa, New Europe

 
FRANCE

  • Sauvons l’Europe
  • Européens sans frontières


GERMANY

  • Democracy International
  • LIBERTAS - Europáisches Institut


ITALY

  • European Movement Italy


LATVIA

  • ​Fonds atvērtai sabiedrībai (DOTS)


LITHUANIA

  • Global Lithuanian Leaders


SLOVENIA

  • ​Slovenian Paneuropean Movement


UNITED KINGDOM

  • The Federal Trust for Education & Research
  • New Europeans



Former and current Prime Ministers and Ministers for Foreign and European Affairs supporting EPF

BELGIUM

  • Philippe Maystadt


DENMARK

  • Uffe Ellemann-Jensen
  • Lene Espersen​
  • Bertel Haarder
  • Nick Hækkerup
  • Martin Lidegaard
  • Mogens Lykketoft
  • Per Stig Møller 
  • Holger K. Nielsen
  • Kjeld Olesen
  • Villy Søvndal


FINLAND

  • Pär Stenbäck
  • Alexander Stubb


ITALY

  • Sandro Gozi


THE NETHERLANDS

  • Laurens Jan Brinkhorst


POLONIA

  • Radosław Tomasz Sikorski 


PORTUGAL

  • Margarida Marquez