MAY 2018


New Democracy Platforms:

Wallonia, Belgium


The Parliament for one of three Belgian regions – Wallonia -  in 2018 will establish a new platform to engage the citizens in development of the regional politics under the name “A decree made by all, a decree made for all” To develop proposals within different themes the vision is for the parliament to make a collective research for ideas to develop good solutions and decrees. When the process of consulting citizens has come to an end a synthesis will be made of the most supported proposals before the members of the Wallonia Parliament and perhaps some of the engaged citizens will meet and discuss the draft of a final decree. The two first themes up for deliberative discussion are:

  • How can we strengthen local shopping structures?
  • How can we achieve a zero long term unemployment?


Nivelles, Belgium


Similar approaches are used in towns as for example Nivelles in Belgium, where citizens can engage through a local online platform.


DENMARK

 
In January, the Danish Parliament introduced a new tool for direct democracy enabling Danish citizens to put an item of interest on the parliamentary agenda, if 50.000 people support it on the website www.borgerforslag.dk. Each proposal must be written in Danish and has to be in compliance with the Danish Constitution and may not be offensive or discriminatory in any way. A proposal will be posted on the website for 180 days and if it manages to get 50.000 supporters, one of the political parties behind the citizens’ initiative can choose to present the proposal in the Plenary Hall.  The three most supported proposals are to:

  • Let the conditions for pensions of ministers follow the traditional labour market rules
  • Allow citizens to pass more than one academic education – still free of charge
  • Introduce a minimum age of 18 for circumcision no matter sex or cultural and religious background of parents.   



APRIL 2018


                             ​Europe at Work


Niels Jørgen Thøgersen, a founder and first president of Europe's People's Forum has established a blog with the aim to give concrete, factual information about important European projects.  Not about future plans, but about what is already happening.  The articles are very short, with illustrations when relevant.


The blog is edited on basis of Niels Jørgen Thøgersen's conviction, that working together is winning together. 

Niels Jørgen Thøgersen is responsible for the blog ( as Citizen of Europe ), but has not added any discussion chapter, as his blog is about facts - not about ideas and plans for the future
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Try to visit the blog by using the link above for Europe at Work.



JULY 2017



POLICIES:                           Your Voice in Europe


​Every time the European Commission works on new policy initiative or revises existing legislation, it launches a round of public consultations. YOUR VOICE IN EUROPE is the portal which gathers all the proposals and makes them public once the consultations are closed.



ORGANISATIONS:             Mana Balss

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Created in 2011, ManaBalss.lv is an online platform which gives Latvia's people the opportunity to influence the national law making process by suggesting new policy ideas and presenting them to the Parliament.




JUNE 2017



POLICIES:                     Parlement Citoyen


The Parliament of the Wallonia-Bruxelles Federation (WEF) recently launched a partecipatory initiative called ”Citizen Parliament”, in charge of debating, exchanging ideas and offering its vision for the future of Europe.



POLICIES:                  The end of roaming in the EU


​As from 15 June, mobile users travelling to other EU countries will be able to call, text or surf the net without paying any extra charges. What does this achievement mean?



EVENTS:                          Folkemødet


​Folkemødet or the People’s Political Festival every year attracts up to 90 % of Danish parliamentarians, all party leaders, plenty of mayors and local politicians and not least 25.000 citizens every day in four days. The Folkemøde on Bornholm has become the center for political dialogue, for lobbying and for discussions between civil society organisations, public services and the politicians in Denmark.


ORGANISATIONS: ​   Pulse of Europe  


​Pulse of Europe started in Frankfurt to encourage European citizens to speak out publicly in favour of a pan-European identity. Pulse of Europe wants a united, democratic Europe and wants to form a chain of people connecting Germany, France and Netherlands. Every Sunday Pulse of Europe organizes demonstrations in around 40 European cities.




MAY 2017



POLICIES​                Macron's Proposal on Democratic Conventions


​The newly elected French president has as a priority in his Vision for Europe to organize democratic conventions in all EU member states with the goal to develop a roadmap for the future of Europe and the policies it should adobt. In his Vision for Europe Macron is strongly in favour of a multispeed Europe with a Eurozone Parliament, and a Eurozone Finance Minister



EVENTS:                         Freedom March in Poland (by EPF supporter Konrad Niklewicz


​​On May 6th, almost almost 100.000 marched through Warsaw. At Civic Platform’s initiative, representatives of all major opposition forces were present. Their leaders took the stage at the end of the Freedom March. It showed that different parts of opposition can be united by a common goal: willingness to preserve a truly democratic, pro-European Republic of Poland.

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.

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