The European Citizens’ Consultations (ECCs)

The European Citizens’ Consultations (ECCs) were a project aiming to engage citizens in a consultation about what Europe meant to them. It was formed of two strands; an online survey about the future of Europe, and a series of national consultation events organised by national governments and other organisations like NGOs, think tanks, and academic institutions. This was a new experiment to give European citizens the possibility to express and exchange their opinions about the Union and its future.

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This project was the result of an idea initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron. Following his successful election, and with the support of the EU commission, his idea gained the buy-in of 27 member states of the EU, not including the UK.
A citizens’ panel was created to draft an online questionnaire, searching for citizens’ top-of-mind opinions on the future of Europe. This has run alongside a series offline sessions with groups of citizens across the 27 nations.

It was decided within a short timeframe, which limited the possibility for extensive planning and preparation. So, far from being a fully-fledged instrument to encourage public engagement with European affairs, the ECCs can be better understood as an experiment whose merits and future prospects can only be judged appropriately once the consultations have actually been conducted.

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