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BürgerForum Europa (“Civic Dialogue Europe”)

350 randomly selected German citizens as well as politicians and experts (361 users total) are brought together to discuss a “citizen’s program” for the future of Europe (similar projects were held in all EU member countries). The results is a collaboratively edited 100-page document. During the process, there were Q&As with experts, and designated editors accompanied the writing of the program and its deliberations.

From the Zebralog website:

In 2009, the 27 member states of the European Union will elect the European Parliament for the seventh time. On the 7th of June it will be the Germans turn to vote. Member states and citizens profit from the European Union – e.g. through open borders and a common currency. But at the same time the idea of a European citizenship is getting more and more shallow. There is a growing distance to European politics – a lot of people find them not transparent enough and feel lost in an administrative jungle.

Here the “BürgerForum Europa” (“Civic Dialogue Europe”) by the Bertelsmann Foundation and Heinz Nixdorf Foundation wants to hit in. From February to April 2009, 350 incidentally selected citizens will have the possibility to discuss their ideas of Europe and debate, how they can engage in turning these ideas into reality. The forum will cover questions like: Which role should the European Union play in the world? Which decision should be made by the European Parliament in Brussels – and which by the national parliaments? How could European politics be made more transparent?

The process spanned 6 phases (Oktober 2008 to April 2009):

  1. invitation phase, participants were selected
  2. information campaign
  3. initiation event, participants meet each other and discuss the issues
  4. online phase, the participants discuss and work on the program
  5. citizen summit in Brussels, the program is introduced
  6. dialogue phase, participants discuss the program with the public and politicians

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