Renew Europe CoR held the First Multiplex Citizen Dialogue for the Future of Europe
Last Thursday, citizens from 12 municipalities and regions from 8 different countries successfully gathered online for a unique multiplex citizen dialogue, to contribute to the future of Europe.
This novel multilingual event, organized by Renew Europe Group in the European Committee of the Regions and its members as part of the Conference on the Future of Europe, connected and gathered citizens from 9 different municipalities and 3 regions/counties from 8 different Member States to discuss the most important issues and how they can be solved at the local/regional level as well as with the help of the EU.
As the Conference on the Future of Europe is the first and largest-ever citizen consultation to determine the future of the EU, citizens took the opportunity on Thursday to discuss in a truly European setting what they want the Union to be responsible for, and what not.
The event, hosted by Renew Europe CoR President François Decoster, Mayor of Saint-Omer, kicked off with an introduction by EDP Secretary General and MEP Sandro Gozi and was followed by individual citizens dialogues and ended with a joint concluding session, where citizens reported back the conclusions of the individual discussions and presentations of the possible suggestions and recommendations. The proposals and conclusions of the event will be submitted to the Conference on the Future of Europe, to be included in the final recommendations.
The event, a first of its kind, allowed Renew Europe CoR members and members of the Liberal Mayors Network to involve their citizens in a truly European dialogue and actively contribute to the future of the EU.
Amongst the participating municipalities/regions and their Renew Europe members: Vincent Chauvet, MoDem Mayor of Autun, who explained that was : "An enriching responsible experience because it mixed citizens and elected representatives. A hands-on approach to the institutions for the "Europe referents" of our municipalities who do not always have much opportunity to be in direct contact with the EU"
And other Renew Europe members :
- Finland:Mirja Vehkaperä, Chair of the City Board of Oulu;
- France: Vincent Chauvet, Mayor of Autun; Francois Decoster, Mayor of Saint-Omer; Jean-Noël Verfaillie, Mayor of Marly; Jean-Francois Barnier of the Municipal Council of Chambon-Feugerolles and Arnaud Michel, Councillor for European Affairs, city of Arras
- Greece: Andreas Kondylis, Mayor of Alimos;
- Ireland: Fintan Phelan, Mayor of Carlow County;
- Romania: Clotilde Armand, Mayor of Bucharest Sector I;
- Spain: Paula Fernandez Viaña, Regional Minister for Cantabria;
- Sweden: Jonny Lundin, Member of Västernorrland County Council.
- The Netherlands: Robert Van Asten, Alderman in The Hague;
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