Values and rights, rule of law, security
#TheFutureIsYours Looking after citizens’ freedoms
Engaging Citizens, Shaping Europe
Event report available
What are the values that make up the EU? What are your rights as an EU citizen? Does your opinion matter and can it make a difference? These are the questions we will be tackling in this event, also in the context of the ongoing Conference of the Future of Europe, where values and rights have also been identified as key topics for debate on the citizens' platform: https://futureu.europa.eu/?locale=en To do this, the European Parliament Liaison Office in Valletta have teamed up with an Erasmus Project entitled "Future Planners", which is targeted at young people in particular but also others who may occupy decision-making positions in the future to help build a society that is more inclusive, as well as a more human-centred urban development. We will also explore avenues such as the European Citizen's Initiative and look at how these issues are also tied to the ongoing Conference for the Future of Europe. If you are interested please register to book a place at Valletta Design Cluster on the 22 July at 17:00. The event will also be live-streamed on the Facebook pages of EPLO Valletta and Young Future Planners: https://www.facebook.com/ParlamentEwropew https://www.facebook.com/youngfutureplanners
Valletta Design Cluster, Valletta, Malta
25, Bull Street Il-Belt Valletta, VLT 1570
25, Bull Street Il-Belt Valletta, VLT 1570
Event reportEngaging Citizens, Shaping Europe People-centred consultations, more listening for more participatory democracy and the necessity for citizens to feel, at both the local and European level, that their suggestions actually result in real action: these were the three key conclusions discussed in the event The debate in detail picked up these same elements, with the need for creating “unconferences” with no agenda to engage citizens, on contradictions created by bureaucracy, in particular in terms of demanding the organisation of eco-friendly events within the constraints of procurement rules, the necessity to have open discussion about issues that are not being talked about, as well as a reflection on how COVID-19 brought about changes that were previously perceived to be too difficult. Some more specific points that were brought up: - how to achieve a more human-centred urban development - the reality of non-community consultation which needs to be broken in small steps but many and rapid ones.” - Establishing communities of practice - When citizens get organised to have an impact, what they need is the certainty that what they are doing will have an impact. Will there be a treaty change? Who is going to propose it and how is it going to be proposed? And on these issues citizens are very far away from the summit of the proposals. - When ECI organisers start to tackle the EP it’s doable but the real power lies in the Commission and Council and that is very difficult to go through even for the MEPs. - Debating the Conference without a European public sphere is a mismatch - The EU institutions should not be afraid of citizens and be more open in a meaningful way. - Macron may call this a convention but for many this is a website that you click and then you don’t know where this is going - Citizens needed to keep banging the drum to democratise the right of initiative at EU level - Try living within the EU and getting your recognition of qualifications recognised. There is no EU citizenship. - In general, EU is very happy to promote local initiatives but gives the cold shoulder when it comes to big issues and that is not how democracy should be. The bigger it is the more representative it should be. - Dealing with the fear of what may come out when agenda is set by the people themselves. Have to be ready for the results you may not want. - One thing that is different today is technology and the internet - how can this development bring us close? - Talking about issues that we are not talking about: e.g. far right agenda, solar rights - why are we not talking about them? - Not forgetting that the idea behind the EU was to prevent war. - Rather than looking at “European” issues, we need to be looking at the local ones and giving these a voice at EU level, creating synergies at EU level of local concerns. In conclusion, it was felt, that the lack of democracy and top-down approach is still disheartening but in general it was still easier to push for demands at the European level than the local.
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