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.
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.
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.
Each year the project will be implemented in five phases:
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:
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Former and current Prime Ministers and Ministers for Foreign and European Affairs supporting EPF