KC GRAD - European Center for Culture and Debate
Italien European Federalist Movement (MFE Latina)
Felix Meritis Foundation
4. Partner: Impart 2016 Festival Centre, Poland, www.impart.art.pl We've chosen these partners for their important expertise about how to approach local civil society representatives and citizens.
The future of Europe has to be developped from bottom up – through a lively European democratic practice. Citizens across Europe should become aware of their responsibilities for the European project. We need a new culture of cooperation between citizens and policy makers at eye level for political decision processes on local, regional and European levels alike. We apply a participatory method called “Shared Civic Responsibility” that we would like to scale it to European level.
Berlin, Germany | Belgrad, Serbia | Wroclaw, Poland | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Rome, Italy
In times of erosion of democratic principles, we want to remind citizens of their responsibilities and the power they have when it comes to political decisions. By organizing the process in different European cities, we hope to reach a new level of civic organisation on a European level.
Citizens in Wroclaw, Belgrad, Amsterdam and Rome would be in contact with local policy makers and administration and would have started a process that would consider civic knowledge, experiences and expertise for political processes and decision making.
The innovative aspect is the absolute EQUAL position between citizens and political decision makers in the preparation process of a political decision. We developped five principles, according to which we want to organize a common process of decision finding, where citizens and political representatives are actually present. We work with long experienced cooperation partners in European cities to implement the idea. With this method, we want to strenghten the democratic process in Europe.
With the strong belief that political reforms have to come from bottom up, Stefan Richter was strongly involved in the political reforms after the Fall of the Wall in Berlin. Today, the challenge is to reunite a whole continent and to keep developing the participation.
Civil society, citizens in general and political representatives on a local and European level.
We are always looking for partners in European cities that have contacts within the city government as well as with representatives and stakeholders from civil society. Furthermore, we look forward to feedback on our considerations and want to learn from the experiences of others.