75% of EU legislation is decided behind closed doors in the so-called Trilogues, according to procedures that are not envisaged in the Treaties and are not transparent. EU legislation determines up to 80% of the laws that affect citizens' daily lives. We want to solicit the “wisdom of the crowd” on proposals on how to make the process transparent and accessible to citizens (crowdsourcing ideas). Politicians will be called on to commit to them on the eve of the 2019 European Parliament elections.
Online crowdsourcing platform and offline in Brussels to engage European politicians.
Openness and transparency are key ingredients to build accountability and trust, which are necessary for the functioning of democracies. Decisions should not be taken behind closed doors. The EP, the Council and the Commission should open Trilogues for scrutiny from citizens to legitimize it.
The outcome would be public commitments from future Members of the European Parliament and the Council to ensure transparency of Trilogues on the basis of proposals made by citizens via the crowdsourcing platform. We will widely publicise citizens' ideas and monitor the fulfilment of commitments.
1 Use an online crowdsourcing platform to raise awareness on Trilogues among citizens and solicit citizens' ideas for increasing transparency of decisions taken behind closed doors;
2 Develop a list of proposals for opening up Trilogues and ask 2019 EP election candidates and members of the Council to commit to implement them;
3 Widely publicise those commitments and monitor their implementation after the EP elections by providing feedback.
The idea reflects ECAS' and VoteWatch's missions. ECAS empowers citizens through increasing their democratic engagement in the EU. VoteWatch reports on decisions made in the EU institutions and monitors developments that take place in EU Member States that affect EU citizens’ lives.
EU citizens are both stakeholders, as they will develop ideas and proposals to which EU politicians will commit, and beneficiaries of the final result, which will be a more open and transparent EU decision-making process. 2019 EP candidates and members of the Council are the other stakeholders.
We hope to receive feedback to our idea, constructive suggestions for improvement and, most of all, commitment from other platform users to activate their networks in order to have more proposals from citizens on the crowdsourcing platform and to develop a real community of citizen advocates.