The event, held in the inspiring location of Hotel de La Poste, in a multicultural Brussels area, took place within the context of our ‘ALL for Democracy’ project, a pro-European alliance instigated by the European Movement International to support European cooperation and democracy, launched in Brussels in June 2017. In the run-up to the European Parliament elections in 2019, the ALL campaign aims to explore innovative, creative and inclusive ways to increase democratic participation in Europe and builds upon the input of stakeholders and experts from NGOs, businesses, local governments, trade unions, youth organisations, academia and citizen initiatives, across party lines and interests.
UNITEE, as EMI member since 2015, actively participated in this important occasion which saw participant members from all over Europe.
The ’48 Hours for Democracy’ was a two-day brainstorm event which brought together 100 action-oriented Europeans from all EU member states and from different sectors and backgrounds, giving them the opportunity to share best practices and to come up with fresh ideas through intense workshops and debates, all with the purpose to increase citizens’ say in the strong and democratic future of Europe. Bringing a diverse mix of inspiring and creative Europeans will lead to innovative proposals as to how we can re-energise our democracy. We don’t expect you to prepare anything – what we want is to leverage on the collective intelligence of the group and co-create together innovative ideas.
Divided into groups, each with a different focus,the participants crafted ways on how to reach different people, using different tools on different themes like ‘sustainability’, ‘participation’, ‘fairness’, ‘equality’ etc. Inspiration and preparation material were shared in advance.
After spending 2 days together, sharing knowledge, being inspired by experts from different fields and co-creating with people from different countries, backgrounds and areas of expertise, all the participants left the venue excited by the many ideas and plans brought up.
The next steps will involve taking forward the ideas that emerged through different channels and maximizing the energy produced during the event.
The European Movement International (EMI) is the largest pan-European network of pro-European organisations. The Movement is present in over 30 countries and encompasses 36 international associations, bringing together European civil society, business, trade unions, NGOs, political parties, local authorities and academia.
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