European Commission launches the new Citizens' Engagement Platform

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European Commission launches the new Citizens' Engagement Platform

The European Commission launched on 15th of February the new Citizens’ Engagement Platform, an online space for all EU citizens to share their thoughts, exchange ideas and engage in debate about EU policies and actions. Join us in the first debate, about Energy Efficiency.

The Citizens’ Engagement Platform is an innovative tool for democratic participation that allows any EU citizen to contribute to the European Commission’s policymaking process. Thanks to real-time translation, you can participate in any of the EU's 24 official languages, and engage with your fellow citizens. The platform is the result of the citizens’ requests coming from the Conference on the Future of Europe.

The Platform's inaugural debate invites citizens to share their views on the topic of Energy Efficiency, one of the main pillars of EU energy policy. By registering on the Platform right now, you can also be among the first to contribute and start a dialogue with other European citizens. The online debate will feed into the deliberations of the European Citizens’ Panel on Energy Efficiency, which will start on February 23rd, co-organised by DG COMM and DG ENER. Over three weekends, 150 citizens from across the EU will be coming together in Brussels and online to discuss the challenges and benefits of energy efficiency, what it means for households, businesses, and communities, and produce specific recommendations for EU legislation or initiatives such as the upcoming Recommendation on the ‘Energy Efficiency First’ Principle due later this year. Your contributions can add great value to this first debate, as well as future ones to come. You may have some innovative ideas to share or a new perspective to bring to the table.

Everyone's voice matters and we are keen to hear yours. Let's build Europe together!


About the Author
Paulo Rosa is a policy analyst at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, where he supports the various activities of the Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy. Paulo has a strong hands-on experience in the design and development of innovative online platforms and applications for citizen engagement in science and policy making, in areas of risk governance and sustainability. He was directly involved in the selection and implementation of the multilingual digital platform of the Conference on the Future of Europe.