Debates in Member States
One goal of the New Pact for Europe project is to foster a wider public debate on the EU’s future at both European and national level, involving not only policy-makers but also citizens; to contribute fresh but also realistic thinking and ideas on how to address the challenges facing Europe; and to help close widening gaps between Member States and even within EU countries about Europe’s future.
A new pact can only succeed if citizens, civil society and other stakeholders are involved in its development. The analysis and the options elaborated by the Reflection Group and discussed with the Advisory Group will provide the underpinning for a wider debate across Europe. They will be discussed at national level to gather feedback, identify ‘red lines’ and start a broader national and transnational discussion on the choices facing Europe. The ultimate aim of this phase is to see whether one or a combination of the options presented could be used as the basis for the New Pact for Europe. The debates in the member states will take place from December 2013 to April 2014 under three different formats.
Citizens' Advisory Groups
The Citizens' Advisory Groups, one of the formats used for discussions, will bring together randomly selected citizens that will give feedback and additional ideas to the expert discussion on the strategic options for the future of Europe. The Citizens' Advisory Groups will be organised in 10 EU member states by national think tanks and NGOs with the support of national foundations involved in the project.
Public stakeholder debates
Public panel debates will be organized with a broad range of stakeholders in 15 member states: representatives from civil society, business community, employers’ and trade unions, think tanks and media, policy makers from national, regional and local level. Members of the Reflection Group will participate at these debates that will feed into the reflection.
Debates with key policy-makers
Another format used to gather input will be the debates with key policy-makers that will be organized in 15 member states. These will involve national parliamentarians working on EU issues, members of the national governments, their senior advisors and top civil servants, key representatives of regions and members of the Reflection Group and/or the Advisory Group from the respective member state.
A calendar and map of the events that will take place in the member states can be found here.