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Hear about the findings of a series of intergenerational dialogues held as part of the Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival

As part of the run-up to this year’s Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival, the Competence Centre, with the support of Commission Representations in Croatia, Denmark and Slovakia, organised a series of Intergenerational Conversations on civic education futures. The discussions brought together the young and the not-so-young citizens from diverse walks-of…

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Cities are a site of innovation but also struggle, the question is: how to make them more inclusive and engaging (for youth)?

Case studies from four corners of the Europe (Amsterdam, Barakaldo, Ādazi and Molenbeeck) were presented and discussed by five speakers during the online sessionCo-creation lessons from cities”, part of the 4th Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival, 20-21 October 2022.

Martina Gentili, post-doc researcher at the DELFT Technical…

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The Sensing for Justice project (SensJus) participated in the 4th Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival that took place on 20-21 October 2022, organised by the European Commission's Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy. On the first festival day, we convened a session titled '

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Public Libraries (PL2030) held a special participatory workshop during the 2022 Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival in Brussels on 20th October, based on the ‘Democracy Fitness’ training concept, which challenges the traditional concept of democracy.

The PL2030 session aimed to increase the awareness of the potential for public libraries to be dynamic and versatile partners for programmes and activities regarding democracy and participation. The best way to demonstrate this was to let the…

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On 21 October, experts Alejandro Moledo, Wietse Van Ransbeeck, and Oliver Mauco convened to discuss the past, present, and future of digital participation in democracy. This workshop was held during the 4th Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival and was co-organised and moderated by Elisa Lironi, Programme Director – European Democracy of ECAS and Antoine Vergne, Co-director of Missions Publiques.

Ms. Lironi opened the workshop with the discussion on the past and present of digital participation in democracy. She highlighted that digital participation has…

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“To build democratic resilience in Europe, citizens should feel part of democratic policymaking.” That was the message of Vice-President Šuica at the JRC’s Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival last week. Commission en direct asked her for her thoughts on the state of democracy, why participatory democracy is important for the Commission, and what the role of the Joint Research Centre is on this topic.

You participated in a session on civic education, discussing its future with citizens from different generations and EU countries. What was your takeaway…

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The Voices platform gives young people a voice to raise their ideas and concerns for the future.

What is your vision of Europe? As part of the European Year of Youth 2022, the European Commission has launched the first ever Voices Platform - a participatory tool for young people to make their voices heard. Everyone is welcome to record their voice on the platform and go on a journey of interactive exchange about the valuable ideas, visions, comments, and questions on topics such as employment, sustainability, social equality, education or…

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Ângela Guimarães Pereira, head of the Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy, explains why June 17th, 2022 was a significant day for citizen engagement in EU policymaking.

On June 17th, 2022 The European Commission published a Communication called "Conference on the Future of Europe - Putting vision into concrete action" (COM(2022) 404). It follows the end of the Conference on the Future of Europe, a unique experiment on deliberative democracy at EU scale. This Communication is…

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Ever wondered how to engage citizens on the problem of pollinators decline? Check out the STING project initiative that uses a robot to help citizens get more closely connected with pollinators.

Within the remit of the STING project (Science and Technology for Pollinating Insects), in partnership with DG ENV, our Italian expert had the idea to prototype a robot that would observe pollinators in their act of pollinating flowers, allow citizens to see what it sees, and…

[Read more] updates on their latest initiative to engage 123 000 participants in France and Germany as part of the Conference.

As a European actor in participatory democracy, contributed to the Conference on the Future of Europe by organising three consultations. They involved more than 123 000 participants in two member states: the initiative ”Parole aux Jeunes” triggered the participation of more than 50 000 young people in France, who expressed their…

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