Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

Anna Renkamp; Dr. Dominik Hierlemann

SHORTCUT 5 - Transnational Citizens’ Dialogues

Making a success of digital citizen participation in multiple languages

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Date of publication
1. edition
5 pages, PDF


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In Transnational Citizens' Dialogues, randomly selected citizens from different countries come together and exchange ideas. In transnational groups, they co-create ideas and proposals and then discuss them directly with policymakers.  

Our SHORTCUT brings together experiences and findings from five pilot projects—we show how Transnational Citizens' Dialogues work, both as physical and digital events.

If the EU wants to take its slogan of a "citizens' Europe" seriously, it needs new cross-border participation formats. The upcoming "Conference on the Future of Europe" will only be a success if discussions between citizens and politicians are not limited to national discourses.

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