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Our principles give guidance for the development of a citizens-centered Conference on the Future of Europe.
ABOUT THE CITIZENS TAKE OVER EUROPE COALITION
Citizens Take Over Europe emerged in the spring 2020 amidst the recent Covid-19 pandemia, in which we recognized how much the lack of European democracy is deeply affecting our lives. We are a group of civil society organizations, citizens and residents from across Europe, joined in a common effort to promote a forward-looking and citizens-centered European democracy. While our national leaders struggle to find common solutions for the major challenges of our time, from ensuring strong, well-funded and inclusive public services to protecting our planet or guaranteeing fundamental rights across Europe, we take our own responsibility to put citizens and residents at the centre of the conversation about the future of Europe. Not only that: we believe it is fundamental for people in Europe to organize across borders and design the Europe that we want: a Europe that cares and is taken care of.
On May 9th, Europe Day, the European Union was planning on launching its Conference on the Future of Europe, another institutional process in which citizens would have little to say about their future. Instead, together, we have reclaimed a political, transnational space by means of an online conference to discuss problems Europeans are facing and co-develop solutions form a political, social and personal perspective. Now, we are developing and will advocate for key criteria for a successful Conference on the Future of Europe, that puts citizens at the heart of the process.
We demand a fundamental rethinking on how our European democracy works by empowering citizens by tried and tested participatory tools to influence decision making, as well as through innovative deliberative methodologies.
TESTIMONIES OF CITIZENS
The Covid19 crisis gives us the opportunity to make a new start: a world where there are no market forces in healthcare, and where the economy is supportive of the environment and the well-being of citizens, not an end in itself.
As the threat of Covid-19 spreads across Europe and the world, so do stress and anxiety, which is why we must stay united and help each other during these uncertain and unpredictable times. We must act together to fight fear.
The crisis has put a great emphasis on trusting science, thus, we should start trusting science about global warming too. Today there is a great need to be united not only to fight the virus, but to fight its consequences too
I feel confident that this horror of the pandemia will even more unite all the Europeans and develop more solidarity.
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The following 10 + 1 guidelines are based on best practices and lessons learned from national and local citizens’ assemblies across Europe. They have been designed in collaboration with leading experts.
BE PART OF THE CITIZENS TAKE OVER COALITION
Civil society organisations interested in supporting the initiative or joining the longer process of the Citizens Take Over Europe coalition, can express their interest by filling out the form. We will answer within a week.
Citizens and residents of Europe interested in organizing locally as part of a local group to activate your city for a citizens-centered democracy can leave their details in the form. We will answer within a week.