Europe, for a citizens-led policy

Europe, for a citizens-led policy


Event organised by FIDE: Federation for Innovation in Democracy - Europe

Deliberative democracy is popularizing. What started as a few pioneering examples at the beginning of the century has now exploded into all levels of government, including the European Union. The term is no longer unfamiliar to policy-makers, and now the challenge is to implement citizens’ assemblies effectively. In 2020, FIDE was established with a mission to guide and advise on how to bring quality to this promising approach that can strengthen our democratic system.
As deliberative democracy continues to conquer European capitals, we want to ensure that its true potential is accomplished and prevent the risk of tokenistic use. In that pursuit, we need to equip civil society, policymakers and public administration with skills and resources for this new way of doing democracy. That’s why we’re calling everyone to join us on June 22nd for an exciting event that explores the essence of citizens-led decision-making and emphasizes the importance of putting citizens at the heart of it all.
We extend a warm invitation to NGOs, civil servants, politicians and all relevant stakeholders for a half-day of captivating discussions on the art of deliberation. Together we’ll delve into the ins and outs of citizens-centred politics.


22 June 2023

13.00 – 14.00 | Networking Lunch
14.00 – 14.30 | Welcome words
Reflections on the state of European Democracy and pathways for action, with Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, European Commission (TBC)
14.30 – 15.00 | Unravelling deliberation, Yves Dejaeghere
15.00 – 15.45 | How to bring citizens into the heart of European Climate Policy? A conversation between David Van Reybrouck and Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President, European Commission (TBC)
15.45 – 16:15 | Coffee break
16:15 – 17:30 | Workshops
17.30 – 20.00 | Informal drinks


Flagey, Place Sainte-Croix, 1050 Brussels

50.8268655, 4.372799


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