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European Citizens’ Consultations

The European Citizens’ Consultations (ECCs) were an experiment in improving the quality of democracy at the EU level. They took place in 2018 and early 2019, on the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron. The initiative gave European citizens in 27 member states the possibility to express and exchange their opinions about the Union and its future.

The EPC started to look into this topic in autumn 2017, when the ECCs were still merely at the idea phase. It has been following developments since then, issuing several publications on the process, its results, and its future prospects. The EPC continues to work on the ECCs, calling, not only for a follow-up to 2018’s consultations, but also for the implementation of future rounds, taking into account the lessons learned so far. The evolution of EU governance in the 21st century will not be able to ignore the growing demand for citizens’ participation in the political process at national and European level.



Citizen participation / DISCUSSION PAPER
Citizens expect: Lessons from the European Citizens' Consultations
By Corina Stratulat , Paul Butcher - 21/05/2019
Citizen participation / BOOK
The European Citizens' Consultations - Evaluation report
By Corina Stratulat , Paul Butcher - 16/11/2018
Citizen participation / DISCUSSION PAPER
En Marche l'Europe? - A strategy to implement democratic conventions
By Corina Stratulat , Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer , Paul Butcher - 11/01/2018


Associate Director and Head of European Politics and Institutions Programme
EU enlargement, Western Balkans, democracy, citizen participation, populism, political parties
Policy Analyst

      Citizen participation, disinformation, democracy,
EU reform, Western Balkans, EU enlargement

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