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EN - 17 June - Eumans Members Assembly - Preliminary Notes

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EN - 17 June - Eumans Members Assembly - Preliminary Notes

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EUMANS 17/06/21 Assembly - The pan-European political space of the Conference on the Future of Europe - Preparatory Document

The next assembly of EUMANS members will take place on 17th June from 6 PM CEST to 9 PM CEST - Official link
You can register at this link and share it with all the people you think might be interested.
And you can subscribe to EUMANS to participate in the Assembly as a member.
As always, the Assembly will be public and also open to all activists, citizens, or simply people who have crossed the political path of our movement in recent months.

We left the last Assembly on 9th March with a concrete commitment: to coordinate a mobilisation of citizens, committees promoting European Citizens' Initiatives and organisations to make 9th May the first EU SIGN DAY. This was a day of collecting signatures and promoting the possibility for citizens to sign the European Citizens' Initiatives, as well as dialogue with the European institutions to request information, knowledge and therefore equal dignity for the tools of participatory democracy. From that path came the EU SIGN DAY project, of which the political impact will be discussed during the Assembly on 17th June. For this we will be joined by some of the protagonists and interlocutors who reacted to our requests.

This Assembly will be held in the week of the first Plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe. It therefore officially begins with the meeting of the body that brings together representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council and citizens. At this link you will find details on how the Plenary works.

This is a path that was supposed to start a year ago, but was however interrupted by the pandemic.

With the launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe, four "citizens panels" will be launched with citizens drawn by lot and a digital platform,, has been launched in which ideas and proposals can be disseminated, circulated and voted on. This is a multi-language platform that allows European citizens to interact with each other and help define the agenda of the Conference itself.

The Conference is a very fragile new instrument of participatory democracy of the European Union. As such, the rules of participation and functioning are not defined, potentially posing a problem of democracy and the rule of law and the legitimacy of what could come out of this "political space".

At the same time, in all the institutional meetings and discussions that our initiatives have created (EU SIGN DAY,, EU CAN DO IT and European Health Union, ...) the reference of hope has been this pan-European Conference on the Future of Europe, which contains in embryo new forms of institutional participation.

If you remember with EUMANS in April of last year, before the Petitions Commission of the European Parliament, we presented the petition EU CAN DO IT, which had among its requests the launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe. We still believe this tool could be used to democratically imagine the future Europe, to overcome the COVID crisis, as well as the climate, economic and social crises.

We were amongst the actors creating the political pressure necessary for the Conference to actually start, through the co-founding of the Citizens Take Over Europe coalition. Some partners of that experience in these hours will be in Strasbourg to officially ask for a place for citizens in the Conference and to verify its effective democratic legitimacy.

Thanks to Citizens Take Over Europe and thanks also to the contribution of EUMANS to that coalition, in the coming weeks, various assemblies of citizens will be held throughout Europe (Assemblies of Solidarity) which will support the fragile but still important institutional appointments. In this process, EUMANS connected the promoters of European Citizens' Initiatives and various organizations throughout Europe to contribute to the expansion of this project. Only through cooperation with movements and networks of movements is it possible to give strength to our own idea and vision of a citizens' movement for democracy and sustainability.

However, the first question to ask is: what does a Conference on the Future of Europe count for when no one talks about it and which no one knows anything about? On 9th May we led the launch of the EU SIGN DAY coalition - also investing economic resources to carry out the survey which revealed a great truth: only 2.4% of European citizens know they have the right and the possibility to sign an initiative of the European citizens.

This is the reason why we have asked and continue to ask for an increase in the budget to spread knowledge on participatory democracy, and to cooperate with those who study its strengthening.

In the meantime, has brought the European carbon pricing proposal around Europe, a policy proposal which has finally entered the mainstream political agendas and debates. In a few days time, the plan of the Fit For 55 Commission will be presented. with its network of members, starting from the over 100 mayors who have responded to the call to fight climate change through participatory democracy, and the hundreds of associates, has the strength to contribute to this path.
But how is this proposal to be brought globally? And what tools can we still activate together?

Furthermore, in Italy can be found the struggle for the digital signature that is intertwined with the referendum campaign for the end of life, whilst also so central to the story of Marco Cappato for the foundation and method of our movement. Can all these elements be the levers on which to continue the construction of the pan-European movement?

Our proposal is to engage EUMANS in a season of action for the Conference on the Future of Europe, creating profiles, interacting, elaborating new and existing policy proposals and interacting on the merits of the movement's founding themes: the goals of sustainable development. and the rule of law.

In the coming days at the link we will publish the complete program of the Assembly with confirmed guests, but in the meantime we invite you to review the guide below on the platform on the Conference on the Future of Europe and on the proposals already published, supported or monitored by EUMANS

You can use the comment space in this thread to report other proposals already published on the Conference on the Future of Europe Platform that you think could be the subject of discussion and interaction for EUMANS (we suggest you to invite the authors to the conference itself), and to start thinking together about how we can use and strengthen the Conference on the Future of Europe in the coming weeks and months.

We also point out some contributions written by activists and members of EUMANS who can contribute to the preparation of the Assembly.
Coordinator of EUMANS