Priorities and aspirations

Our priorities and aspirations are based on the following principles:

1. Democracy and fundamental rights

Advocacy and policy

  • How to ensure representative and equal participation in democratic deliberations of the European Union and in the CoFoE?
  • How can we work maximizing opportunities for interaction, deliberation and collaboration among people from different countries?

Anti-Racism and against discrimination

  • Systemic racism and individual responsibility: how can we make the EU democratic process more inclusive of diasporas and ethnic minorities?
  • We are working with EU institutions and European democracies responsibility for inclusivity within the EU not making colonisation just an external problem.

Migrants rights

  • Migrants and refugee rights and border controls from an outside of the EU perspective.
  • Ending distinction between EU citizenship and nationality.

Human rights

  • Women-dominated work spaces: Has the Covid-19 pandemic re-shifted perceptions and value of the Care sector?
    Fighting corruption at institutional level
  • LGBTIQ+ community navigating hetero-normative spaces: surviving strategies, health and workers’ rights
  • Breaking the ceiling: joining forces between women’s rights and LGBTIQ+ rights

2. Well-being and health in Europe

While the impact of Covid-19 continues to damage our societies, we aim to put people first by rethinking health and safety, trade and finance, and labor and social policy. We explore new proposals to implement a new paradigm of care, prosperity, and public health across borders.

  • Health Unions, Healthcare workers and Workers rights: protecting precarious workers, health, safety and decent pay for essential workers; working conditions of agricultural workers; and protection of young workers’ rights.
  • Minimum wage: are EU-wide minimum wage a step towards better living conditions in the EU?

3. Environment and climate change

Climate change and environmental degradation are an existential threat to Europe and the world. To overcome these challenges, Europe needs a new growth grassroots strategy that will transform the Union into a modern, resource-efficient continent. We believe in a Green New Deal for Europe that makes this needed transition in a just and inclusive way for all.

  • We are supporting the ECI Stop Global
  • We are focusing on legal legal recognition and protection of climate refugees.

Publications & Blueprints

We are writing and designing policy blueprints to transform the institutions that impact our lives, our communities, and the planet.


What’s in an experiment? : Opportunities and risks for the Conference on the Future of Europe

This brief gathers together proposals put forward by participants in the EUI-STG transnational democracy forum with diverse areas of expertise (in academia, think tanks, policy, NGOs, journalism); and it therefore serves as a document of collective suggestions and agenda-setting for the academic year 2021-22.

Our Voices for the Future of Europe: CTOE Consultation Report

On the eve of the ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’, we have asked three sets of questions: Which sentiments prevail among our civil society partners regarding the future of Europe? What visions do we, the actively engaged citizens surveyed from 10 EU Member States, share regarding the future of the EU? And how do we want the EU to enable citizens to participate in shaping our common future?

Manifesto for a European Citizens’ Assembly

We, as Europeans, will not passively witness again in the future the dismantling of our Union because of intergovernmental logic and internal conflicts. The EU's democratic deficit undermines not only its legitimacy but also the capacity of EU member states to tackle today's challenges. We call for an ambitious institutional reform to reshape the Europe of tomorrow.

10+1 Guidelines for EU citizens’ assemblies

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. At present, these guidelines shall instruct the Conference on the Future of Europe on how to create the first experimental space for transnational citizens’ assemblies. But they are designed for future EU citizens’ assemblies as well.

10 principles for a citizen-centered Conference on the Future of Europe

In July 2019, Ursula von der Leyen announced her intention to convene a two-year Conference on the Future of Europe, with the proclaimed aim to involve “citizens, including a significant role for young people, civil society and European institutions as equal partners.” We, the Citizens Take Over Europe coalition, welcome this proposal to “give citizens their say” by means of a structured transnational participatory process. However, it needs to be done right in order to have the intended effect. By means of the 10 principles below, we want to make our contribution to the institutional deliberations on how to shape the Conference on the Future of Europe.