Data

General Issues
Governance & Political Institutions
Specific Topics
Regional & Global Governance
Location
Scope of Influence
Multinational
Links
European citizens' consultations project: final evaluation report
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Develop the civic capacities of individuals, communities, and/or civil society organizations
Approach
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Consult
Total Number of Participants
200
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
random
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Facilitate dialogue, discussion, and/or deliberation
Inform, educate and/or raise awareness
Facilitate decision-making
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Deliberation
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Both
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Express Opinions/Preferences Only
Decision Methods
Voting
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
Public Hearings/Meetings
Primary Organizer/Manager
European Commission
Type of Organizer/Manager
Regional Government
National Government
Evidence of Impact
Yes

CASE

The European Citizens’ Consultation 2006

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General Issues
Governance & Political Institutions
Specific Topics
Regional & Global Governance
Location
Scope of Influence
Multinational
Links
European citizens' consultations project: final evaluation report
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Develop the civic capacities of individuals, communities, and/or civil society organizations
Approach
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Consult
Total Number of Participants
200
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
random
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Facilitate dialogue, discussion, and/or deliberation
Inform, educate and/or raise awareness
Facilitate decision-making
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Deliberation
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Both
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Express Opinions/Preferences Only
Decision Methods
Voting
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
Public Hearings/Meetings
Primary Organizer/Manager
European Commission
Type of Organizer/Manager
Regional Government
National Government
Evidence of Impact
Yes
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The European Citizens’ Consultation in 2006 was a participatory cross-border experiment intended to promote understanding of EU issues for the citizens of its member-states. Randomly-selected EU citizens were invited to deliberate on the future of the EU.

Problems and Purpose

Due to the democratic deficit at the EU level a citizen consultation was launched in 2006, offering citizens the possibility to better understand EU issues and to express a better informed opinion on them.

Background History and Context

In 2005 the European Commission launched its "Plan D" (democracy, dialog, debate). Plan D's impetus was largely a reaction on the voter rejection of the European Constitution. European Citizens' Consultation was an approach to build an EU-wide consensus on its future policies by encouraging national debates.

Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities

Participant Recruitment and Selection

Methods and Tools Used

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

Events were held in all 27 member-states between Oct 2006 and May 2007. Citizens were chosen through a random sampling process to achieve demographic diversity. Debates were coordinated across national borders. At the UK event for example participants were divided in groups of eight. Suggestions were fed into a laptop and transferred to a main screen and voted on in plenary.

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

The impact on policy was limited. The project did, however, prove to be a pioneering model for cross-European dialogue and its success in this regard is demonstrated by the initiation of a second European Citizens' Consultation in 2009. [1]

Analysis and Lessons Learned

See Also

The European Citizens’ Consultation 2009

European Commission

Online Consultation

References

[1] The European Citizens’ Consultation 2009. Participedia. Retrieved from https://participedia.net/case/4135

External Links

Official Website [DEAD LINK]

Videos: ECC Agenda Setting Event, ECC 2007 (Ireland), ECC 2009 (Brussels)

Notes