Bring Back the Citizens! How to revive democratic participation for a citizens-led Europe

22. April 2016 futurelab-europe_bring-back-the-citizens-how-to-revive-democratic-participation-for-a-citizens-led-europe_2016

Why are European citizens turning their back on our political system and what needs to be done to give a new impetus to democracy in Europe? Is the EU as it is now compatible with participatory democracy? Is representative democracy the model to follow and can it be applied at every level of governance? Why has the EU lost its mojo among the people of Europe?

Concerned about these developments, FutureLab Europe’s fifth generation worked on a publication calling for concrete measures to address the root causes of these European malaises by bridging the gap between citizens and decision makers.

FutureLab Europe’s fifth generation discussed democratic participation with MEP Sven Giegold and DG EAC Director Antonio Silva Mendes

FutureLab Europe’s fifth generation discussed its publication “Bring Back the Citizens! How to Revive Democratic Participation for a citizens-led Europe” with Antonio Silva Mendes, Director for Youth and Sport at DG Education and Culture in the European Commission and Sven Giegold, Member of the European Parliament.

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FutureLab Europe’s Manifesto 2016 – Reviving democracy for a citizens-led Europe

29 March 2016

futurelab-europe_manifesto_englishThe past few years have not been easy ones for democracy in Europe. Alarmingly low levels of electoral participation have been registered in many EU member states, including at the latest European elections of May 2014, which registered the lowest voter turnout on record, with an all-time low of 42.54%. In many EU member states – such as Greece, France, Spain, Slovakia and Italy – anti systemic, populist parties have emerged strong and powerful. Poland and Hungary’s illiberal turn poses an additional threat to democracy on our continent.

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What should be done to foster multi-ethnic societies? Policy recommendations from FutureLab Europe

06. October 2015 What policy measures should be adopted to promote inclusive societies? What are young Europeans’ suggestions to promote migrants’ full participation in their countries political life? Last September, FutureLab Europe circulated a survey1 asking young Europeans what should be done to foster multi-ethnic societies. The survey included 8 policy questions, covering four macro-areas: … Continue reading What should be done to foster multi-ethnic societies? Policy recommendations from FutureLab Europe

FutureLab Europe welcomed 24 new participants to its 2015 Annual Forum in Brussels

09. September 2015 From 20 to 25 September, the fifth generation of FutureLab Europe participants travelled to Brussels to take part in the 2015 FutureLab Europe Annual Forum. During the week-long programme, FutureLabbers got a thorough introduction to FutureLab Europe’s focal topics - Active Democracy, Equal Opportunities and European Identity – by meeting top level … Continue reading FutureLab Europe welcomed 24 new participants to its 2015 Annual Forum in Brussels