3rd Meeting of the Council on Participatory Democracy - From Covid19 to climate emergency in the cities of the European Union

On the 28th of May join POLITICAL HACKATON FOR SUSTAINABILITY  - The 3rd meeting of the Council on Participatory Democracy 

3rd MEETING COUNCIL ON PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY

POLITICAL HACKATHON FOR SUSTAINABILITY 
From Covid19 to climate emergency in the cities of the European Union
28th May 2020

3 PM CET- 6.00 PM CET
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The Recovery of the post-covid19 European Union should be built around two pillars: sustainability and the environment. The role of citizens, grassroots movements, activists from towns, villages, and regions, can be the boost the European Union need to achieve the historical result of climate law(s) that put the EU at the forefront of research, innovation, and ecology. The Council on Participatory Democracy is an open forum to discuss the use of participatory democracy instruments, their adoption and their strengthening.

On the 28th of May, the 3rd Meeting of the Council on Participatory Democracy calls for the participation of local administrators, practitioners, activists, and movements who are transforming environmental policies in the different EU member states through a proficuous dialogue between the institutions and the civic participation.

Instruments such as local referendums, citizens assemblies, citizens initiatives, direct democracy are shaping local administrations’ policies. And can become the foundation of a network of action and practice at a European level. The purpose of the Council will be to compare different local level instruments of civic participation, compare their political impact and foster the knowledge of a community of practice and action across Europe.

The participants will also be presented the case study of StopGlobalWarming.eu: a European Citizens Initiative built as a “creative commons” initiative that can be applied at all levels. Investments in ecological and social sustainability should be at the heart of the EU recovery fund. A section of the council will focus on proposals and ideas for an ecological conversion of the tax system, enabling financial assistance to European citizens through the taxation of polluting emissions.

Discussants: 

  • Marco Cappato and Monica Frassoni, co-promoters of StopGlobalWarming.eu 
  • Alejandro Ramon, Councilor for Climate Emergency City of Valencia
  • Lorenzo Lipparini, Councilor for participation, active citizenship and open data City of Milano
  • Pepijn Kennis, Bruxelles Regional MP - Agora Bruxelles 
  • Wayne Flask, Environmental Activist - Moviment Graffitti - Malta 
  • Marcin Gerwin, Citizens Assemblies Designer - citizensassemblies.org

    ....and more. 


Want to bring your story of local activation of participatory democracy for the environment? Register and join us!

 





 

WHO CAN BE INTERESTED IN THE 3RD MEETING OF THE COUNCIL ON PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY

The meeting will be held via GoToMeeting and live-streamed on social media channels. Everyone can join. In particular this Meeting of the Council on Participatory Democracy can be relevant for: 

  • Mayors and local administrators
  • Community organizers and local activists
  • Promoters of citizens initiatives, referendum, deliberative democracy experiences both at a European and local level  Academics, Researchers, Students who are focusing on environmental policies, sustainability but also the innovation of instruments of civic participation
  • Citizens who are looking for a way to funnel their concern for the environment into transformative democratic actions


WHAT WE WILL DISCUSS DURING THE 3rd MEETING OF THE COUNCIL ON PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY

The Council will be an opportunity to foster a network of European activists and representatives of the representative democracy to:

  • Present and discuss local policy proposals and campaigns identifying common areas of action 
  • Support initiatives linking social and environmental measures needed to tackle the deep crisis of European economy 
  • Identify and evaluate the instruments of participatory democracy available in the different EU Member States 
  • Create space where environmental activists from all over Europe can compare their actions and be encouraged to use the democratic instruments available or to share their know-how in case they already use it.


LOGISTICS AND REGISTRATION 

When:  28th of May - from 3 PM CET to 6 PM CET
Where: The 3rd Meeting of the Council on Participatory Democracy will be held online. to take part in the online meeting. The Council on Participatory Democracy will be also lived streamed on Eumans social media channels (Facebook, Youtube
How to register: You can register at this link and you will receive the link to attend

SOME FACTS ON THE COUNCIL ON PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY

  • Over 200 participants in the previous meetings (19/20 March 2020 / 23/24 April 2020) 
  • One Petition to the European Parliament conceived and currently progressing its iter as a Parliament Resolution (8,000 citizens supporting it, 1 nobel prize, +50 European organisations, 15 European Mayors,...) 
  • 8 co-promoters and over +30 experts, citizens and speakers sharing their experiences in the previous meetings 
  • Contribution in designing and launching the first step of the first European Citizens Assembly (more info: citizenstakeover.eu) 
  • A growing video archive of participatory democracy in the EU with all the online meetings recorded and archived 
     


***EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COUNCIL ON PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY***

THE COUNCIL ON PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY

The Council on Participatory Democracy is a self-convocated forum organised by citizens, movements and organisations that analyse, coordinates, and use participatory democracy instruments at a European level to impact the European Union. On this page, you find the information about the upcoming monthly meetings of the Council on Participatory Democracy, the programs, recording and materials of the previous meetings and the ways how you can join.

AN OPEN PROCESS FOR THE COUNCIL ON PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY - THE WEEKLY MEETINGS 

To discuss these proposals and to increase the potential impact of these initiatives, we coordinate weekly meetings - every Thursday at 6 pm CET - to create a space for a Pan-European political debate both on the reforms needed and the means to achieve it through participatory democracy instruments. Register here to receive the link for the weekly online meetings REGISTER HERE TO TAKE PART IN THE WEEKLY MEETINGS


2nd Meeting of the Council on Participatory Democracy - 23/24 April 2020 

During the 2nd Meeting of the Council on Participatory Democracy, we reviewed the outputs of the previous session: the Petition to the European Parliament EU CAN DO IT on the measures to address the Covid19, the social, economic and climate crises which led to the activation of an urgency procedure and a discussion in the PETI Committee obtained for the 30th of April, and the self-convocation of a European civil society appointment on the 9th of May. 

Titles of the sessions: 

Why we are here.
Knowledge is power: Participatory Democracy instruments and the role of the media and information. 
Deliberative design and tech for democracy: best practices and tech-enabled deliberative processes to make the change happen.
What if... the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Citizens for the Rule of Law. The Time is NOW.
Transnational citizens' politics.

"Let's use Europe" session: 
Proposals and actions for the Environment 
Proposals and actions Civil freedoms / Focus on a European Way for Cannabis Legalization 

General Assembly and conclusions

WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE FIRST DAY 
WATCH THE VIDEO OF SECOND DAY 

OUTPUTS AND COLLABORATIVE MATERIALS 

 

1st Meeting of the Council on Participatory Democracy - 19/20 March 2020 

Over 100 European citizens joined the first self-convocated online assembly to discuss the reforms needed for Europe now during the Coronavirus outbreak. And the means to achieve them.

The Coronavirus outbreak unveils all the fragilities of the European Union as we know it. And it calls urgently for a strategy to manage health, economics and welfare measures, civil protection, the incentive for technology and research, the guarantee of rule of law and fundamental rights.

Title of the sessions:

Day 1 - How citizens' participation can tackle the COVID19 emergency and relaunch European Democracy.

The mandate of the Conference on the future of Europe and the role of the citizens in shaping the Conference process.
Participatory Democracy: strengthening existing instruments and ensure democratic innovation
Democratizing the EU: from the reform of the Treaties to the reforms that can guarantee an EU more democratic, more sustainable and more free.

Day 2 - Participatory Democracy tools to do what.

WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE FIRST DAY.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE SECOND DAY.

OUTPUTS:
- #EuCanDoIt: an urgent petition to the European parliament calling for a EU response to the COVID19 social, economic and climate crisis.
- On April 30th, the petition will be presented in front of the PETI Committee of the European Parliament.

COLLABORATIVE MATERIALS


LIST OF INITIAL PROMOTERS 

Want to join as a promoter and as a participant? The Committee is open - you can join as an individual citizen, as a member of your organisation, as an organisation. If you want to join the Committee with your organisation send an email to virginia.fiume@protonmail.com And don't forget, we do have weekly meetings every Thursday at 6 pm.

 

 

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