Seven lessons on citizen participation for CoFoE

What can the EU Convention and the French Climate Convention tell us about how to develop successful models for deliberative democracy? Experiments with deliberative assemblies – whether successful or otherwise – offer valuable learning experiences for all involved with the incipient ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’ (CoFoE). Among recent examples, the ‘European Convention’ of […]

On European Citizens’ Initiatives and Trains

On 1 April nine years ago, the European citizens’ initiative left the station of democratic innovation design and began its mission of bringing the EU and its citizens closer. To take stock of the nine-year-long journey of the European Citizens’ Initiative as it embarks on its future, I want to write to you about – […]

The European Citizens Initiative is now at a crossroads – The Member States can show which path to follow in the future.

The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is the first and, up to now, only instrument of transnational, participatory and digital democracy in the world and has its origins in the Constitutional Convention in 2002-03. When the ECI entered into force in 2012, civil society organisations across Europe have highly welcomed this new right which confers citizens […]

10 years since the adoption of the first ECI regulation: cause for celebration or concern?

10 years since the adoption of the first ECI regulation: cause for celebration or concern? European citizens and organised civil society have so far played the central role in making the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) fit for purpose; now the European institutions need to join them and step up their game. As the European Citizens’ Initiative […]

From Barcelona to Brussels and back

Will the new COFOE digital platform live up to its promise?  Today, on 19 April, the long-awaited Digital Platform of the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFOE) will be unveiled. This ought to give EU citizens, civil society and the political establishment some time to familiarise themselves with this cornerstone experiment in ‘virtual transnational […]