Workshop 4: E-democracy, citizens' advocacy power and alternative forms of active participation

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Thursday, 13 June 2019, 9:30 – 12:40/ Atrium 6

Organised by: Union of European Federalists (UEF), European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) and European Volunteer Center (CEV)


09:30 – 09:45 Introduction

  • Paolo Vacca, Secretary General of the Union of European Federalists. Overview of the current situation related to the citizen participation at local, national and European level in decision making processes and how can it impact European policies.

09:50 – 09:55 Presentation of the World Cafe workshop  

10:00 – 11:45 World Cafe. Discussions in three moderated small groups on following topics:

  1. Citizen participation at local level – focus on direct participation it’s’ benefits and limits. Moderator: Gabriella Civico, Director of CEV (European Voluntary Centre)
  2. Citizen participation at national level – focus on e-democracy, emerging force of change and challenges. Moderator: Elisa Lironi, Senior Manager European Democracy at ECAS (European Citizens Action Service.
  3. Citizen participation at European level- focus on Co-management systems, showcase of Advisory Council of Youth of the Council of Europe. Moderator: Milosh Ristovski, Secretary General of JEF (Young European Federalists)

11:45 – 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:30 Outcomes from discussion groups and recommendations

12:25 – 12:40: Regional participative mechanism of Rural Development Operations by Mr. Etienne Timmermans (Rural Foundation Wallonia)


For the Active Participation workshop, the key overall objective is to raise awareness of different ways the policymakers attending the event could foster citizens’ participation in the European democratic process. This makes sense during election periods, but we are more concerned about the time in between. Indeed, since the CivSocDay is set in June, our main goal is to promote active participation of European citizens after the elections, which is sometimes less straightforward.

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