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European democracy, citizens’ participation and the role of regions and cities  

​​​​​​​​​Following up on the final report on the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) and its recommendations on a permanent European Citizens' Assembly, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung are organising a working conference on the 27 June 2022.

The objective of this working conference is to deliver recommendations on how to take citizens' participation in EU policy-making and its link to representative democracy to the next level and make it a permanent reality. 

The topics to be addressed in working groups consisting of a diverse mix of  politicians, citizens and experts from local and regional governments as well as from EU institutions and bodies are:

  • Lessons learned from the CoFoE, the link between participatory and representative democracy and citizens' assemblies at local, regional, national and European levels
  • The future of local citizens' assemblies and their link to the EU-level
  • Suggestions on how to put the CoFoE recommendation into practice by the COR

The results of the working conference will be summarised in a report and comprehensive proceedings will be made public.

For more details, please check the agenda here​.

The opening and closing sessions will be web streamed (with EN, DE, FR, ES, IT, PL interpretation), and the conclusions of the conference will be published subsequently.

The opening and closing sessions can be followed below:​​​​​


Contact Person: Adrienn Nagy
Organizer: Coorganized event with the Bertelsmann Stiftung