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


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.