For a process that establishes citizens of the European Union
In 2020 the Conference for the Future of Europe is to be launched. The major European institutions seem to agree that this time, contrary to the European Convention launched by the Laeken European Council in December 2001, the citizens should really be given a voice. How can this be done? In particular by using deliberative democracy and randomly selected panels of citizens.
As the European Convention on Climate Change showed in 2020 in France, if citizens’ panels are organised directly at European or national level, we will miss the point. A two-tiered approach must therefore be devised: firstly, with citizens’ panels organised at the level of European regions, on a scale where the major issues of humanity find their concrete expression, and secondly, at a second level by having these citizens’ panels engage in dialogue with each other.