The digital participation possibilities offered by a new multilingual online platform are a core element of the Conference on the Future of Europe. How can comprehensive and inclusive participation of citizens from all Member States succeed? How can we guarantee that citizens’ contributions are really taken into account? What needs to be done to ensure that digital, long-term participation plays a bigger role in future European policymaking?
These questions were the focus of our online discussion with Vice-President Věra Jourová. In the course of our cooperation with the King Baudouin Stiftung and the Open Society Foundations, we had invited decision-makers from EU institutions and Member States, as well as scientists, think-tank experts and representatives of NGOs, to our interactive Zoom dialogue. Around 50 participation pioneers – first in breakout rooms, then in the plenum – joined us in the discussion with the Vice-President of the EU Commission.