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BUILDING ON THE SUCCESS and carrying forward the legacy of civil society forums in countries holding the EU presidencies over the last ten years, the European Civic Forum joins forces
BUILDING ON THE SUCCESS and carrying forward the legacy of civil society forums in countries holding the EU presidencies over the last ten years, the European Civic Forum joins forces with the Citizen Participation Forum, the Blue Link Foundation and the European Citizen Action Service to organize a European conference “Citizenship – Participation – Policies: Building Europe from Grassroots up” on 29-31 May in Sofia..
Taking stock of the current state of democracy and civic space in Europe, this conference will spot positive examples of civic engagement and co-decision in policy making, placing civic participation in the broader context of European democracy with growing demands from citizens to have a real say in shaping their future in common?
As democratic representation is facing an unprecedented crisis of legitimacy and the gap between politics and citizens has been widening, in many cities, regions, countries, and often transnationally, new forms of engagement are emerging, outside the box of representative democracy
Civic actors and movements build power upon strong local or regional support, but their claims need to be addressed in a wider context, as we leave now in a multi-level governance system where policy-making responsibility is shared among a variety of actors at European, national and local levels.
How can the European Union better take into account its citiznes concerns and expectations? What place should civil society organisations have in changing the way citizens are involved in decision-making? What are the challenges and opportunities of co-deciding with citizens at local, national and European levels.
This event provides a unique space for civic actors to share and learn from different experiences, hear from a variety of stakeholders and envision ways forward towards a renewal of the European democracy along core values of equality, solidarity and inclusiveness.
Registrations are open until Friday, 20th April 2018. To register click here.
30 (Wednesday) 9 h 00 min - 31 (Thursday) 16 h 30 min EET
European Civic Forumcontact@civic-forum.eu
Organised jointly with Interest Group of Public Benefit Organisations (IGO) and the European House of Hungary, the European Civic Forum is calling upon its members and networks to
19 (Wednesday) 14 h 30 min - 21 (Friday) 16 h 00 min CET
Die Interessenvertretung Gemeinnütziger Organisationenoffice@gemeinnuetzig.at Praterstraße 15/3/22 - Vienna
Since today’s biggest challenges – from climate to inequality to democratic governance – require actions on a global scale, human beings are often instructed on the need to be global
Since today’s biggest challenges – from climate to inequality to democratic governance – require actions on a global scale, human beings are often instructed on the need to be global citizens. But very few of us spend our days traveling across the globe or even around our own countries. We make our lives in specific neighborhoods within municipalities. So being a global citizen starts with democratic participation in our home communities and cities.
As we gather in Rome for the 2018 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, people from cities around the world will do more than just discuss these questions. We will work to define the particular characteristics of what makes a city global and democratic—and then enshrine those definitions in a charter for the world’s “democracy cities.” This work will then travel out from the Eternal City, offering an invitation to our communities and cities to sign onto this charter – and build the links necessary to make each other more democratic and more impactful.
Read more information about the Global Forum on the event’s official website: https://2018globalforum.com/
september 26 (Wednesday) - 29 (Saturday) CET