Democracy and participation, Social inclusion



Who is behind this?

Jana Schubert

Institute for European Politics


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Our aim is to initiate a broad cross-border consultation process based on “offline” citizens’ conventions linked to e-participation, e.g. an APP, to collect citizens’ ideas for the future of Europe. These ideas will serve as an input to “europeanize” our already published, yet currently German manifesto for the future of Europe, which will then be addressed in a targeted way to European politicians and institutions in order to strengthen input legitimacy and social cohesion across the EU.

Where will your idea take place?

EU-wide accessible app and conventions in European border towns (Frankfurt/ Oder, Wien-Bratislava).

Why does Europe need your idea?

Europe faces two transformative challenges: Euroscepticism and digitalisation. By the use of the latter – the development of a digital democracy #ALTEU!FutureLab – we aim to tackle Euroscepticism and increase the inclusion of various social groups in the EU decision making process.

What is your impact?

Publishing a europeanized manifesto with a sustainable vision for the future of Europe, making European politicians and institutions aware of our visions and taking actively part in the agenda-setting for the 2019 EU elections campaign would be a successful outcome.

How do you get there?

Connecting offline and online debate and establishing a transnational bottom-up consultation process makes our idea innovative.
Roadmap: 1. Develop an online dialogue platform/ APP for our project - the #ALTEUFutureLab, 2. Host several citizens’ conventions in European border towns to facilitate the cross-border development of new ideas, 4. Invite citizens to upload their ideas to the #ALTEU!FutureLab, to discuss them and to vote for the best ideas, 6. Update our manifesto and disseminate it.

What is your story?

We are a network of young citizens aiming at promoting a bottom-up debate on Europe’s future. We already published a manifesto with our ideas and discussed it with German citizens who voted for the best ideas in a vision slam. Now we want to conduct discussions much beyond the purely German debate.

Who are you doing it for?

ALTEU! wants to ensure the inclusion of a wide range of EU citizens in the EU decision making process because we believe that the EU needs the participation of every citizen to shape its future and increase its input legitimacy. We also wish to promote resilience against Eurosceptic leanings.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We need the community to share experience in e-participation and digital consultation processes, to get in contact with citizens from across the EU and to spread our #ALTEUFutureLab in order to make sure to address a wide range of citizens. Our vision also needs financial support to get realized.


Alternative Europa

Felix Dotzauer



Idea created on Jan. 19, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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