27th February in Edinburgh

Open EU is a project that has been funded by the European Commission, so that we can show them how open policymaking can be done in practice. We are creating a shared action plan on opening EU institutions – a collaborative statement of the areas in which experiments could take place, the best standards of openness from around the world, and a clear statement of the expectations of citizens.

We will bring together citizens; activists and policymakers to coproduce a shared action plan for EU institutions. This will be a collaborative statement addressing:

  • Where the EU should open up its processes and involve citizens and the third sector
  • Examples of the best practice in open policymaking globally
  • A statement of expectations from citizens and the third sector on what they expect from the European Institutions moving forward.

This is a public debate and collaborative action about how the EU can use open policy approaches and citizen engagement to make European policies better, and to increase the democratic legitimacy of the Union.

This is the second event in Demsoc’s Open EU programme.

This event will involve political representatives, policymakers and the democratic sector, asking them to review the co-created vision and demands from citizens and the third sector that will be created during the first Open EU event.

This is also where we’ll be discussing the issues experienced by those currently trying to represent citizen voice at an institutional level, how they see open policymaking as improving the system and what are the roadblocks that would need to be removed to move forward.

This will also give participants the opportunity to understand the needs and wants of citizens and the third sector, bridging an often difficult to navigate divide.


  • European Parliament Office in Scotland
  • Edinburgh, EH8 8PJ
  • Scotland

Date: Friday, 27 February 2015

Time: 09:30 to 13:00 (GMT)

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