We need a European Citizens’ Assembly with randomized selection to reconnect us Citizens to the EU!

We need a European Citizens’ Assembly with randomized selection to reconnect us Citizens to the EU!

  Launched by Tobias Kopf.

Help to bring the Citizens’ Assembly on the agenda in order to create the first body that gives every European citizen the chance to be actively involved in the EU. The proposal is a forerunner in the formation of a common voice and European civil duty.

   Join some other 70 Europeans supporting this cause.

   Why should You support this cause?

Ask somebody what he or she thinks about the European Union today! Literally – go out there and ask a family member, a friend, or a colleague. Start a discussion and at least at one point you will hear something like “The EU acts undemocratically”, “What do these politicians in Brussels care about us”, or “I can neither understand nor impact what is going on there.” Probably, you have thought something comparable on your own at some point in the past.

But how can we bridge this perceived distance and mistrust? The American judicial system leads the way since years: Usual citizen like us get appointed as jurors to decide verdicts. Furthermore, Ireland has established a Citizens’ Assembly in which citizens deliberate about urgent issues and, finally, come up with recommendations for the Irish parliament. Both pioneer for a European institution that reconnects citizens with the EU.

Let’s draw this lesson and start a call for the European Citizens’ Assembly. The body consists of us – European citizens – who engage in a reasonable and substantive manner on the European level. Help to form the voice of us and support the following concrete claims:

1. The European Union establishes a Citizens’ Assembly which advises the European Parliament on certain issues.

The Irish Citizens’ Assembly serves as a model of a successful and deliberative body which consists of usual citizens. Over the last two years, the Assembly met 12 times and delivered meaningful recommendations about, for example, ageing population and constitutional issues. We want to install a comparable European Citizens’ Assembly that has a say not in technical regulations but questions of norms, culture, and living together.

2. A random selection process determines the members of the Assembly which is convened around 3-4 times a year in Brussels.

The Citizens’ Assembly comes together in about four days long meetings at Brussels. The members discuss and finalise recommendations on grounds of expert briefings. Depending on the issues on the agenda, the Assembly should meet at least 3-4 times a year in varying composition. A random selection ensures a chance for every European citizen to be appointed and that neither selection bias nor partisanship distorts the purpose of the body.

3. The empowerment of citizens introduces a European civil duty.

Ideas about citizenship or civic virtue are part of our European heritage. They have in common to claim more responsibility for the people in exchange for a civil duty. In that way, the Citizens’ Assembly empowers people to act as real European citizens and manifests a sense of European community.

Help to bring the Citizens’ Assembly on the agenda in order to create the first body that gives every European citizen the chance to be actively involved in the EU. The proposal is a forerunner in the formation of a common voice and European civil duty. It is up to you: Become a real European citizen and consolidate for a Citizens’ Assembly!

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We need a European Citizens’ Assembly with randomized selection to reconnect us Citizens to the EU!

  Launched by Tobias Kopf.

Help to bring the Citizens’ Assembly on the agenda in order to create the first body that gives every European citizen the chance to be actively involved in the EU. The proposal is a forerunner in the formation of a common voice and European civil duty.

   Join some other 70 Europeans supporting this cause.

   Why should You support this cause?

Ask somebody what he or she thinks about the European Union today! Literally – go out there and ask a family member, a friend, or a colleague. Start a discussion and at least at one point you will hear something like “The EU acts undemocratically”, “What do these politicians in Brussels care about us”, or “I can neither understand nor impact what is going on there.” Probably, you have thought something comparable on your own at some point in the past.

But how can we bridge this perceived distance and mistrust? The American judicial system leads the way since years: Usual citizen like us get appointed as jurors to decide verdicts. Furthermore, Ireland has established a Citizens’ Assembly in which citizens deliberate about urgent issues and, finally, come up with recommendations for the Irish parliament. Both pioneer for a European institution that reconnects citizens with the EU.

Let’s draw this lesson and start a call for the European Citizens’ Assembly. The body consists of us – European citizens – who engage in a reasonable and substantive manner on the European level. Help to form the voice of us and support the following concrete claims:

1. The European Union establishes a Citizens’ Assembly which advises the European Parliament on certain issues.

The Irish Citizens’ Assembly serves as a model of a successful and deliberative body which consists of usual citizens. Over the last two years, the Assembly met 12 times and delivered meaningful recommendations about, for example, ageing population and constitutional issues. We want to install a comparable European Citizens’ Assembly that has a say not in technical regulations but questions of norms, culture, and living together.

2. A random selection process determines the members of the Assembly which is convened around 3-4 times a year in Brussels.

The Citizens’ Assembly comes together in about four days long meetings at Brussels. The members discuss and finalise recommendations on grounds of expert briefings. Depending on the issues on the agenda, the Assembly should meet at least 3-4 times a year in varying composition. A random selection ensures a chance for every European citizen to be appointed and that neither selection bias nor partisanship distorts the purpose of the body.

3. The empowerment of citizens introduces a European civil duty.

Ideas about citizenship or civic virtue are part of our European heritage. They have in common to claim more responsibility for the people in exchange for a civil duty. In that way, the Citizens’ Assembly empowers people to act as real European citizens and manifests a sense of European community.

In order to ensure that our reform proposals are institutionally taken up, we are launching a European Parliament e-petition. To be successful, we need the support of each and every EU citizen who agrees with us. With your support, together we can make the system more responsive, incentivising and impactful, and thus open up more impactful opportunities to drive real change in our European Union. Let’s reform together the e-petition system of our European Parliament!

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Whether you support a cause or launch your own, Talos offers you the chance to be a more impactful citizen!

 This is where our supporters come from
  These organisations support the cause
  What are your thoughts on this Cause? Debate and discuss it!