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. 
Analysis and Lessons Learned
 The European Citizens’ Consultation 2009. Participedia. Retrieved from https://participedia.net/case/4135
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