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Reforming the ECI? Participate in the consultation of the European Commission

Until August 16, 2017 you can participate in the public consultation launched by the European Commission for the reform of the European Citizens’ Initiative, ECI. Continue reading “Reforming the ECI? Participate in the consultation of the European Commission”

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Collection of peace giving words as perspective on #CitizensRoute73 (by Almut Irion, globalpeace)

For the start of the intended two years’ process of EU democratization, networking and political discussions took place on the podium as well as in multiple workshops. Continue reading “Collection of peace giving words as perspective on #CitizensRoute73 (by Almut Irion, globalpeace)”

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#CitizensRoute73 – A memorial moment (Marianne Ranke-Cormier, FBN)

This memorial moment was dedicated to Helmut Kohl, who was buried the same day as the launch of #CitizensRoute73, July 1st, Simone Veil, deceased the day before the launch of our event, on June 30 in Paris, François Mitterrand, because he is intrinsic, and Franck Biancheri, a Great European citizen, who was one of the founding fathers of generations of the Erasmus program. It was read by Marianne Ranke-Cormier in German, Georgeta Grama-Moldovan in French and Jo Sullivan in English. It was accompanied on the cello by Matthieu Widart, laureate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels. Continue reading “#CitizensRoute73 – A memorial moment (Marianne Ranke-Cormier, FBN)”

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Brando Benifei, MEP (IT) send his best wishes of success to #CitizensRoute73 (vidéo)

Watch here the contribution Brando Benifei (IT), one of the youngest members of the European Parliament (Democratic Party), on #CitizensRoute73 (video in English). Continue reading “Brando Benifei, MEP (IT) send his best wishes of success to #CitizensRoute73 (vidéo)”

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Deliberative condorcism and participative democracy proposals for a peoples’ Europe – Andrea Surbone (PER) on #CitizensRoute73

andreaThere have been decades of direct democracy experimentation, and under this name has become overwhelmingly manifold forms of citizen participation in politics, among which there is the participatory democracy I want to talk about. …

Read here the contribution by Andrea to the #CitizensRoute73 on the Workshop “Political projects to fuel a common European public debate” on Sunday

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A topolgy for grassroots democracy – Pedrojuan Rodríguez Girones, DiEM25 on #CitizensRoute73

pedrojuan180From 500 million Europeans you will probably never have more than 500.000 people interested in an active political live, however, that should be enough to ensure true democracy. However, this is already a very large number to take part in a single conversation. Continue reading “A topolgy for grassroots democracy – Pedrojuan Rodríguez Girones, DiEM25 on #CitizensRoute73”

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1Head2Votes: Allowing EU citizens to elect their European representative – Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero, UEF Belgium on #CitizensRoute73

domenicorossettidivaldalberoDomenico Rossetti di Valdalbero, General Secretary of the Belgian section of the Union of European Federalists (UEF.be) will speak on Saturday at the opening of the #CitizensRoute73. He will answer in particular the question “Why Route73 on the horizon of European election 2019?” Continue reading “1Head2Votes: Allowing EU citizens to elect their European representative – Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero, UEF Belgium on #CitizensRoute73”

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DiEM25 – Short Manifesto for #CitizensRoute73 (by Erik Edman)

erik-edman-240x240Currently, Europe is trapped in a false duality: on the one side the defunct status quo curated by the Establishment, and on the other the slide into a post-modern version of the 1930s championed by the nationalist far-right. This environment of constant crisis, where actors are competing against each other about how to contain bush fires without tackling the source of the flames, is driving more and more of our fellow citizens to despair and indignation. Continue reading “DiEM25 – Short Manifesto for #CitizensRoute73 (by Erik Edman)”

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#CitizensRoute73 – Can Democracy rise to the Challenge (by Bjarni Snæbjörn Jónsson)

bjanri-240x240There are two sides to the governance of societies: Democracy (making policies) and Technocracy (Implementing policies). It seems a common issue in all Democracies that the Technocracy is taking over and the ordinary citizen is feeling more and more alienated. This is not the fault of Technocracy which is necessary for implementing policies in today‘s complex social system. The issue is that the politics on behalf of Democracy has allowed this to happen by politicians becoming more and more an integral part of Technocracy. Continue reading “#CitizensRoute73 – Can Democracy rise to the Challenge (by Bjarni Snæbjörn Jónsson)”