On the 30th of March we sent an open letter to ask the convening of the Plenary Session of the European Parliament and the activation of an urgency procedure for the discussion of the petition Eu can do it: a petition to the European Parliament on Covid-19, social, economic, and climate crises (that you can sign and share).
This is the final draft of the Petition discussed during the 1st Meeting of the Council on Participatory Democracy on 19th and 20th of March 2020. It will be sumbitted on the 24th of March before the Plenary Session of the European Parliament. If you want to add your name to the list of supporters, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A European Union foundation story goes approximately like this: "the more global the nature of political urgencies becomes, the more evident the need for comprehensive solutions will be". Think about climate change, Coronavirus, the migrant crisis, Libya, the emerging digital oligopolies, and so on.
The Citizens Assembly which in Ireland paved the way to an historical referendum on gay marriage is a very often mentioned experience showing how revolutionary “participatory democracy” can prove to be. Indeed, enthusiasts of such a form of citizens direct deliberation believe it may be “the” remedy for sick democracies, due to the opportunity this methodology offers to bring citizens, experts and decision-makers all together and find common ground for shared solutions.
Read the open letter that on the 5th of March a group of European citizens active in the committee of the European Citizens Initiative "StopGlobalWarming.eu - A price for carbon to fight climate change" to Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for Future activists.
Dear Greta, dear all climate activists,