3rd European Citizen Engagement and Deliberative Democracy Festival

3rd European Citizen Engagement and Deliberative Democracy Festival

06 Dec 2020 -
12 Dec 2020


The Festival is in its third edition and this year will be entirely hosted online because of the COVID19 situation. The festival will first and foremost support on-going Commission citizen engagement initiatives.

In light of the COVID-19 emergency and its inherent uncertainties, it is ever more crucial that the Commission keeps on nurturing the establishment of the necessary infrastructure to engage citizens in co-creative and deliberative ways on EU policy making. This festival will address the question, how can we make best use of such processes in the crisis and post-crisis situations, such as the one we are living now? How can we ensure that physical distance does not prevent the publics to engage, co-create or deliberate policies that affect them? How can we make the best use of online tools?

Therefore, this festival is a timely key moment for the Commission to continue advancing the talk (and walk) about mainstreaming citizen engagement and deliberation in policy matters in the Commission in particular, and within public administration in general. It is about catching an existing wave, which the current crises made more urgent and positioning the Commission as a key player in these participatory styles of governance.

Encouraged by the political context and building on the ambition to contribute further to implement these practices across the Commission policy cycle, as well as, the success of the last editions of Festival of Citizen Engagement, the 3rd Festival has the following objectives:

  • Showcase current ongoing important files of citizen engagement run by the Commission by relevant services, notably COFE, not only as a way to give visibility to the Conference itself and engaging the European deliberative community in COFE, but also make visible the digital infrastructure in COFE;
  • Illustrate why greater engagement of the public is even more needed now than it was before the outbreak of Covid-19 in politics and policy-making;
  • In view of the Better Regulation package, further strengthen and widen across the Commission the understanding of the role of citizen engagement in all phases of the policy cycle, especially focusing on co-creation and deliberative practices;
  • Showcase other citizen engagement that other services of the Commission are organising such as the co-design of HE Missions;
  • In view of the Commission’s 6th priority, showcase deliberative democracy practices in Member States and in particular youth engagement projects;
  • Address some cross-cutting challenges including methodological issues with practitioners in the field;
  • Contribute to capacity building about online citizen engagement tools, providing dedicated seminars and hands-on experiences with tools and methodologies of citizen engagement.

Finally, the 3rd Festival will invite discussion with different practitioners not only about possible political and practical futures of citizen engagement and deliberative democracy. It will run over a week and include a set of asynchronous and synchronous events focused on the pressing issues of our current times and the futures they may imply.

The festival is open to anyone that is interested to attend it. Registration is required to attend the festival.

Link: https://academy.europa.eu/courses/european-citizen-engagement-and-deliberative-democracy-festival/


6 December 2020

18:00 - 19:30 | Social Event: Out of the Ruins
A documentary by Patrick Chalmers.

7 December 2020

09:15 - 10:00 | Ouverture
With: Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner European Commission

11:00 - 12:30 | Special Session
A new push for democracy and the Conference on the Future of Europe: The challenges of pan-European deliberative democracy.

14:00 - 15:00 | Ferramenta
Playing games with the future! What strategic conversations can be held with a serious game?

15:30 - 16:30 | Conversatorio
On partnerships and institutionalization: Is citizen engagement an end or a means for a more deliberative culture and democracy?

17:00 - 18:00 | Conversatorio
Public life without public spaces? Re-thinking citizen engagement in the age of Covid-19.

8 December 2020

10:00 - 10:45 | In Conversation with Věra Jourová, European Commission, Vice-President for Values and Transparency
What’s next for Citizen Engagement and Deliberative Democracy in the EU?

11:00 - 12:30 | Special Session
Get Citizens involved in EU Missions!

14:00 - 15:00 | Conversatorio
So, you want us to “engage”! Can we tell you how?

16:00 - 17:00 | Conversatorio
FUTURAMA: What will citizen engagement look like in post-COVID-19 times?

18:30 - 19:15 | Performance by the artist
Microbial Landscape

9 December 2020

11:00 - 12:30 | Special Session
How do the social economy and cities contribute to mobilising citizens and stakeholders towards better territorial resilience?

14:00 - 15:00 | Conversatorio
Values, EU values, and value diversity: How to deliberate about them?

15:30 - 17:00 | Special Session
Factories of Imagination: In what ways do they encourage citizen engagement on creativity?

10 December 2020

09:30 - 11:00 | Special Session
Citizen engagement strategies: How to put participation in Cohesion Policy into practice?

11:30 - 12:30 | Conversatorio
Experts and expertise in citizen engagement and deliberative democracy. What is good practice?

14:00 - 15:30 | Conversatorio
How to make the European Research Area an engine of social innovation with and for citizens?

16:30 - 17:30 | Ferramenta
Welcome to our rural! Citizen engagement in developing a long term vision for rural areas

18:30 - 19:15 | Performance by the artist
Microbial Landscape 

11 December 2020

09:30 - 11:00 | Special Session
United in biodiversity: What is the role of youth in creating healthy democratic ecosystems?

11:30 - 12:30 | Conversatorio
Food systems in Covid-19 time: Why is citizen engagement so crucial now?

14:30 - 15:30 | Conversatorio
What can we learn from EU regions and cities about citizen engagement in times of COVID-19?

16:00 - 16:40 | Closing
What have we learnt about citizen engagement and deliberative democracy during this journey? And where do we go next?

16:45 - 17:30 | Performance by the artist
Microbial Landscape

18:15 - 18:45 | Social Event
Public spaces in the age of Covid-19

12 December 2020

Exhibition: CE & DD Projects


Online Event


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