The Future of Citizens' Panels in EU Decision-making
Lessons from the European Citizens Panels and the Conference on the Future of Europe
- online, Berlin, Germany
Representatives from EU institutions and experts from 10 EU Member States discussed the Conference on the Future of Europe (CFE), and its impacts on EU climate and energy policies. Participants also discussed whether citizens' panels should become a standard feature of EU decision-making. The event concluded the project "The Future of the EU – Make Climate Action its Trademark", funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI).
Participants made a positive assessment of the CFE's European Citizens' Panels, but it remained contested whether such citizens' panels should become a permanent element of EU decision-making, or not. There was general agreement that existing EU climate and energy policies already cover many of the CFE's recommendations; the abstract nature of many CFE's recommendations prevents them from shaping the EU's climate and energy discussions. Participants also agreed that the CFE did not address important gaps of EU climate and energy policies, such as phase-out dates for coal combustion, fossil fuel subsidies and short distance flights. The recommendations on expanding majority voting in the EU, however, are also very relevant for climate and energy policies.