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The Democratic Society is working with the European Policy Centre in 2018-19 to build a network of civil society organisations working on or interested in the European Citizens’ Consultations, at national or European level.

The European Citizens’ Consultations (ECCs) are a new experiment in improving the quality of democracy at the EU level by giving European citizens the possibility to express and exchange their opinions about the Union and its future.The idea, which was inspired by the French President Emmanuel Macron and has been implemented since April2018, follows two tracks:

1. At the EU level, the European Commission has been hosting an online survey, available in all EU languages,consisting of questions formulated by a Citizens’ Panel.

2. At the member state level, national governments have been in charge of organising consultations in their respective countries and synthesising the results.The outcomes of the online questionnaire and the national syntheses will be discussed at the European Council in December 2018.

To independently monitor and evaluate how the ECCs were organised in practice, the European Citizens’ Consultations Civil Society Network was established with the kind support of the King Baudouin Foundation and the Open Society Foundations. It has been working to build a network of civil society organisations from across the EU which are involved or interested in the process.

Read more about the consultations on the Commission’s website.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the project further, please contact Kelly McBride (Head of European Networks) –

Publication: The European Citizens’ Consultations Evaluation Report (November 2018)

We published an evaluation report with the European Policy Centre on the European Citizens’ Consultations.

This report presents the results of the research and analysis carried out by the ECC Civil Society Network over seven months, as well as a number of recommendations for how to capitalise on the current round of ECCs and how to improve the way they could be executed in the future.

Read the Full Report (PDF) / Read the Executive Summary (PDF)

Image: 16 Recommendations from the report

About the ECC Civil Society Network

The aims of the network are to:

  • Be constructively critical of the ECC’s process as it is designed and run, with the aim of making it as open, representative and democratic as we can;
  • Bring together Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) which are either engaged or interested in ECCs, and establish a good flow of information about what is happening on the ground and a frank and open exchange about risks and opportunities;
  • Make it as easy as possible for civil society across the 27 participating member states to engage in the process and support participation;
  • Build strong relationships between CSOs and institutional actors throughout the EU;
  • Publicise across Europe the work of CSOs on the ECCs and the views that citizens express;
  • Work towards ensuring that the process makes a positive long-term impact on open government and democracy at European and national level;
  • Learn from and reflect on the process, drawing out the lessons for citizen participation and engagement;
  • Keep the ideas and thinking that emerge in the course of the consultations alive across the European elections and the new European Commission, to ensure that the results and the relationships created by the process are not lost.

The network will work through online communication and regular meetings, with virtual participation possible. It will provide shared resources for civil society bodies working on the ECCs, and link the ECCs’ work into the wide range of existing democracy and open government initiatives.

For further information or to get involved, please contact Kelly McBride.

Les objectifs du réseau sont les suivants:

    • Avoir un oeil critique et constructif sur le processus des Consultations Citoyennes, tel qu’il est construit et géré, avec la finalité d’en faire un processus ouvert, représentatif et démocratique.
    • Fédérer les OSC engagées dans les CCE ou intéressées, établir un flux de communication efficace concernant ce qu’il se passe sur le terrain et des échanges francs et transparents sur les risques et opportunités.
    • Faciliter autant que possible la participation des OSC dans les 27 Etats membre au processus et soutenir la participation.
    • Construire des relations solides entre les OSC et les acteurs institutionnels européens.
    • Promouvoir à travers l’Europe le travail des OSC sur les CCE et les opinions exprimées par les citoyens.
    • Faire en sorte que ce processus ait un impact positif à long terme sur la transparence gouvernementale et la démocratie, à des niveaux nationaux et européens.
    • Sortir grandi du processus et poursuivre la réflexion, en tirer les leçons sur l’engagement et la participation citoyenne.
  • Garder vivantes les idées et réflexions émergeant du processus à travers les élections européennes et la nouvelle Commission Européenne, afin de s’assurer que les résultats et les relations créés ne soient pas perdus.

Le réseau fonctionnera grâce à des outils de communication en ligne et des réunions, réelles ou virtuelles. Il fournira les ressources aux OSC travaillant sur les CCE et les liens entre les travaux des CCE et le large éventail des organisations existantes travaillant sur la démocratie et la transparence gouvernementale.

Pour de plus amples informations ou si vous voulez vous impliquer, merci de contacter Kelly McBride.

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