Europe and the democratic crisis: which way forward?
The future of Europe from the perspective of multiple stakeholders was at the core of the round table “Europe and the democratic crisis: which way forward?” on 10 February.
The event was organized within the framework of the 60 anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and on the occasion of the publication of Junker’s White Paper on the Future of Europe, ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy in cooperation with LIKE – The Network of European Cities and Regions for Culture. The panel brought together representatives of EU institutions, local and regional authorities and civil society organisations to exchange views on the future of Europe from a multi-level perspective, by focusing on how to strengthen the civic dialogue between EU institutions and citizens.
The activity was an occasion to rethink the European founders’ project and promote new ideas on how to relaunch it with more impetuous on a time of crisis. Panelists included Mr Luca JAHIER, President of the Group III, at the EESC, Ms Raffaella VIVIANI representing the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, Mr Wout VAN CAIMERE, Coordinator of the European Parliament Youth Intergroup, Mr Etienne LONGUEVILLE from Ms Carlotta BESOZZI, Coordinator of Civil Society Europe. ALDA was represented by the Coordinator of the Citizenship Programme, Aldo XHANI who stressed the importance of reinforcing the mechanisms of dialogue with citizens in a time where populistic movements undermine the European project. “Better matching citizens’ needs with EU policies requires a more solid dialogue. Rethinking Europe with its citizens shall become a political priority, because it is Europe’s future at stake” was his final statement.
The outcomes of the debate will be collected and proposed as inputs for the White Paper on the Future of Europe to be published in March 2017, on the occasion of the 60 anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.