On 25 June, the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel, published a one-hour podcast on the Conference on the Future of Europe with MEP Gabriele Bischoff, John Erik Fossum, Professor, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, and Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford. The debate touched upon issues of the Conference’s institutional design, citizens’ participation and the meaning of the process for the EU’s legitimacy.
The European Union is about to embark on a new ambitious Conference on the Future of Europe. The projected process follows previous exercises I have been involved in (the EU Commissions consultations on the White Paper 2000; the Convention drafting a Constitutional treaty 2001-03; the Wise Man group 2008-10).
Along with many friends and colleagues involved in debates on European democracy, we fear that due to its top-down approach, it is set to defy its own purpose: to be “a bottom-up exercise where European citizens are listened to and their voices contribute to the debates on the future of Europe”.
Alberto Alemanno, Niccolo Milanese, and myself drafted an open letter addressed to the President of the European Commission, President of the Council of the European Union and President of the European Parliament as they met on Jan 31 at the Jean Monnet House in Bazoches, France, to discuss Europe’s political challenges. It has already been signed by 100 academics.
In the run-up to the European elections of May 2019, I participated in an exciting collective endeavor to articulate the European project around a Charta 2020 which encourages Europeans to think about the precious value of public goods… Charter 2020
I am supporting the European Citizens Initiative “Voters Without Borders” which is all about transnational Europe.