EUROCITIES working group on creative citizenship met in Utrecht to work on the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' campaign and on other initiatives aimed at involving the public in a dialogue about the future.
Thirteen European cities participated in the meeting of the working group creative citizenship, which was hosted by the city of Utrecht on 8-9 March 2018.
The meeting focussed on the development of the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' campaign that EUROCITIES will be launching in May.
'Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens': involve - inspire - impact
- involve citizens in a dialogue about the future
- inspire all levels of government to build societies where people come first
- impact the way decisions are taken in Europe
It is time to change the way politics is done in Europe. A year ahead of the European Parliament elections, our campaign will bring people and policymakers together to explore new ways of involving citizens in decision-making. We aim to launch a process that promotes societies where people come first, and where trust between citizens and public authorities is strengthened.
Ultimately, 'Cities4Europe – Europe for Citizens' wants to inspire cities and other levels of government, including the EU institutions, to pursue mechanisms and tools that engage citizens in policy making, strengthening new forms of democracy across Europe.
EUROCITIES will kick off the campaign with an event in Brussels on 7 May 2018. European, national and local political leaders will engage with cultural personalities in a high level public debate taking place at the BOZAR.
More information about the campaign are available on: cities4europe.eurocities.eu
At the meeting, local best practices for participatory democracy were shared by the working group members, while we were pleased to welcome our friends from Pakhuis de Zwijger.
In June 2018, Pakhuis will organise the We Make the City festival in Amsterdam, with one event organised in partnership with EUROCITIES under the framework of the #cities4europe campaign.
Through the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' campaign, and other initiatives, the EUROCITIES working group on creative citizenship is committed to work with citizens to create a better future for our society.