Citizen participation in the EU: Learning from the European Citizens’ Panels

Citizen participation in the EU: Learning from the European Citizens’ Panels


When the Conference on the Future of Europe concluded a year ago, grand rhetoric about reforming the EU and making its decision-making processes more participatory followed, leading to the European Commission’s ‘new generation’ of European Citizens’ Panels. Have the Conference and new democratic innovations, like the ECPs, made a difference so far? What added value can citizen participation have in answering the multiple transnational challenges of our time? Do the ECPs and other participatory exercises have the capacity to fulfil a broader democratic function in EU institutional processes? 

This is the first online event of the EU Democracy Reform Observatory’s “Democracy Reform Conversations” and will discuss the key findings of the Observatory’s latest publication – ‘Assessing European Citizens’ Panels: Greater Ambition Needed’ (out on-line on September 4th). The EU Democracy Reform Observatory is a joint initiative of Bertelsmann Stiftung, European Policy Centre, King Baudouin Foundation and Stiftung Mercator, to foster debate on modernising European democracy.


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Colin Scicluna | Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Dubravka Šuica, European Commission 

Kalypso Nicolaidis | Chair in Global Affairs at the School of Transnational Governance, EUI 

Andrey Demidov | Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Johannes Greubel | Head of the Transnationalisation Programme & Connecting Europe, European Policy Centre

Jacki Davis | Senior Adviser, European Policy Centre (Moderator)


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