24-25.03.2007: European Citizens’ Consultation: Making your voice heard

The Romanian Academic Society organized, on March 24-25, the first session of European consultations for and with the participation of the Romanian citizens.

The event took place in Bucharest at World Trade Center (New York conference room). The project called “European Citizens Consultation: Making your voice heard” was part of the national citizens consultations that take place simultaneously in many other EU member states.

A number of 45 citizens, randomly selected from all over Romania,  participated in this debate. They examined issues of both European and national interest, such as:

– Energy & Environment: The environmental and economic impact of Europe’s energy use

– Family & Social Welfare: The social and economic conditions for Europe’s families

– EU’s Global Role & Immigration: The EU’s role in the world and the management of immigration

They have taken part in the biggest ever pan-European consultation exercise designed to ensure that the public’s voice is heard by governments and policy-makers in the current debate over the European Union’s future direction following the No votes to the EU’s Constitutional Treaty in France and the Netherlands in 2005.

The Romanian event took place in the same time with similar events in other European countries such as Great Britain, Malta, Sweeden and Italy.

The first phase of this project took place in October 2006, when 200 citizens from all over the European 25 member states established the Agenda Setting with the three topics for the second stage of the project – The National Citizens’ Consultation that takes place during February and March. The last part of the project took place in May 2007 in Brussels where the results from all 27 member states Citizens’ Consultation became subject of evaluation. The results of the National Citizens’ Consultations formed a “European Citizens’ Perspective on the Future of Europe” and was presented to representatives of European and national politicians.

Participants to this unique and politically independent dialogue and participation process were able to exchange their opinions, develop shared visions for the future of Europe and make recommendations to political decision makers.

The European Citizens’ Consultations were led by a consortium of independent foundations and non-governmental organisations. The Belgian King Baudoin Foundation had the project lead, working together with the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the Network of European Foundations (NEF). The project was financed by Compagnia di San Paolo, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The network of European partners and funders included organisations from all EU Member States.

The organizer of the National Conference in Romania was the Romanian Academic Society, in partnership with TVR and WTC and was funded by King Baudouin Foundation Belgium.

See the agenda of the event here.

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