A more democratic European Commission: Lead candidates (Spitzenkandidaten)
Currently, a candidate for European Commission’s President is nominated by the European Council (representing the member states) and then approved by the European Parliament (representing the EU citizens). While the European Council has to take into account the results of the European Elections, the nomination procedure lacks transparency and is often dominated by the interests of individual EU governments that favour the candidate’s political ‘convenience’ over his/her democratic legitimacy.
To improve it, the lead candidate (Spitzenkandidaten) system was proposed, allowing European political parties to nominate their top candidates across all member states that should become candidates for Commission’s President if their party wins the European Elections. In 2019 however, the European Council disregarded Spitzenkandidaten appointed by European parties, nominating its own candidate instead.
The lead candidate system should be revived and maintained, allowing for more transparency, accountability and visibility when choosing the European Commission’s President. Each Spitzenkandidat should participate in an EU-wide electoral campaign to gain sufficient public outreach across the continent and democratic legitimacy.
This solution will allow citizens to see the ‘face’ of every European party during the European Elections, reduce the perception of the European Commission as a body dominated by ‘unelected bureaucrats’ and bridge the gap between the EU and its citizens.
You asked to join us! Which Europe do you want? Citizens’ Forum on European Democracy
30 November 2021
19:00 - 21:00
The ProEuropa network invites you to a Citizens’ Forum on “European Democracy”. The EU is facing major challenges. How should we establish the Community so that it and its Member States are sustainable? We from the ProEuropa network give EU citizens the opportunity to participate in the Conference on the Future of Europe and say: We want this Europe! The conference provides a public forum for an open, inclusive and transparent citizens’ debate on key priorities and challenges. Tuesday, 30.11.2021, at 19h Institut Français, Salon bleu Moderation: Farras Fathi, stv. Chairman JEF Bayern keynote speech: Monika Hermann (Lawyer) The discussion takes place in German, if desired a translation into French can take place. We will collect your suggestions and positions and upload them to the portal of the Conference on the Future of Europe. Registrations: firstname.lastname@example.org. The “3G plus rule” applies to the event!
Citizens participation at the European Level - techniques and examples
15 October 2021
10:45 - 13:00
During the project 2 VIP — 2VIP — VIdeo & Virtual reality for successful youth’s Participation in democratic life, the Centre for Education and Social Research organises a debate within the Conference on the Future of Europe on the possibilities of civic participation in the European Union. The debate will provide an opportunity to discuss with partners from Romania, Sweden, Italy and the UK on European democracy, cybersecurity and migration. Center for Education and Social Research organised in Wroclaw LTT with partners from project 2 VIP — 2VIP — Video & Virtual reality for successful youth’s Participation in democratic life. This is a great opportunity to organise a debate within the Future of Europe Conference on the possibilities for civic participation in the European Union. The debate will be an opportunity to discuss European democracy, cyber security, and migration with partners from Romania, Sweden, Italy and Greate Britain.
Europe, the future is in your hands!
15 May 2021
17:30 - 19:00
Find out about the new digital platform for EU citizens’ dialogue on zoom on 15 May at 17: 30 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87165035249?pwd=UnBCcjZQaEQ1YnV2WnZ3cnBCclpuQT09 Meeting ID: 871 6503 5249 Passcode: 385688 A preliminary step towards launching a series of debates and discussions, which will allow citizens across Europe to share their ideas to help shape Europe’s future, this is a summing-up of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFe). The CoFe aims to give citizens a stronger role in shaping the EU’s policies and ambitions. It will serve as a virtual forum for an open, inclusive, transparent and structured debate with European citizens on issues affecting them and affecting their daily lives. The Conference will focus on the main themes underpinning recovery and resilience policies identified by the Next Generation EU plan such as health, climate change, social fairness, digital transformation, the role of the EU in the world and strengthening the democratic processes governing the EU. These are in line with the general priorities of the EU and the issues raised by citizens in opinion polls. Ultimately, it will be the participants who will decide which topics will be dealt with at the conference. The Conference paves the way for events initiated by citizens, to be organised in cooperation with civil society and stakeholders at all levels, national and regional parliaments, European institutions, social partners and academia. Their participation in the process is essential to ensure maximum involvement and dissemination. The interactive multilingual digital platform which, as of 19 April, allows everyone to present their ideas online, to consult the events in which they take part or to include their own events on topics of interest is crucial for launching the dialogue with citizens. This is exactly what we will talk during the Europa event, the future is in the Tue Mani! We discover the New Digital Platform for Dialogue with EU Citizens of 15 May, 17.30 On the Zoom Platform. A webinar organised by EDIC CalabriaEuropa and the Network of Citizens of Calabria Condivisa with the collaboration of Fimmina TV. Alternately coordinated by Raffaella Rinaldis: Loredana Lo Faro Portavoce from CALABRIA CONDIVISA, Loredana Panetta of the Eurokom Association, Alessandra Tuzza responsible for EDIC CALABRIAEUROPA from Gioiosa Jonica, EEN from Unioncamere Calabria, Giuseppe CARISTO from Calabria Condivisa and Pier Virgilio Dastoli representing the Italian Council of the European Movement.
Choose Europe differently — vote in Europe! Why we need a genuine European electoral law with transnational lists!
18 June 2021
18:00 - 19:00
The 4th edition of the Europa Union Saar digital series “Online Meeting with Europe” will take place on Friday 18 June 2021 at 18: 00. The following are invited: Dr Katarina Barley, Member of the European Parliament, Ass. iur. Manuela Ripa, Member of the European Parliament and Dipl. iur. Sebastian Zeitzmann, LL.M, Senior lecturer of the University of Saarland/University of Würzburg, through the debate on "Choice Europe differently — vote in Europe! Why we need a genuine European electoral law with transnational lists!” says Margriet Zieder-Ripplinger, President of Europa Union Saar. Join and discuss! Ask your questions to the guests simply about the chat function in the zoom webinar. Link to Select: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87038529617?pwd=NUhITWVTaVFPd2FVdzNTU3RFOFUxUT09 Identification code: 775395
Democracy in Europe
04 February 2022
16:00 - 18:00
From the European Documentation Centre of the University of Seville, as members of the European Information Network of Andalusia, we join the Andalusia for the Future of Europe initiative, led by the Ministry of the Presidency, Public Administration and the Interior. This initiative aims to promote the participation of Andalusian society in the Conference on the Future of Europe promoted by the institutions of the European Union. The aim of this activity is also to motivate citizen participation and generate debate on one of the key themes of the Conference on the Future of Europe such as European Democracy. In this event we will have the presentation by Alejandro Peinado This event is aimed at students of the Master in European Studies and any citizen who wishes to participate.
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