US News Steinmeier promotes more citizen participation in Europe

04:15  08 may  2021
04:15  08 may  2021 Source:   dw.com

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Much discussion concerning citizenship is focused on the problem of increasing citizens ' involvement and participation in the processes of democratic society. It is being increasingly realised that periodic voting by citizens is insufficient, either in terms of The European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life11 (produced in 1992 and revised in 2003) is an international policy document approved by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe . The Charter consists of three parts relating to different aspects of youth participation at a local level.

Europe for Citizens (EFC) support initiatives to strengthen remembrance of the recent European history and to enhance civic participation at EU level. They stimulate debates to propose practical solutions to issues through cooperation at European level. Priorities for 2019 and 2020. debating the future of Europe and challenging euroscepticism. promoting solidarity in times of crisis. fostering intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding and combatting the stigmatisation of migrants and minority groups.

on the European Day on Sunday begins a year full of citizens and debates about the future of Europe. 21 chosen heads of state of EU countries call Europeans to bring their ideas into the discussions.

Aufruf an die Europäer: Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier © Sandra Steins / Federal Government Call to Europeans: Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

"Our strength as democracies is to involve our multi-part societies in the search for the best way to the future," said Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Europe Day on this Sunday. "The more people participate in a broad, open debate, the better for our Union." The recommendations of citizens should serve the European institutions as the basis for the further development and future orientation of the European Union. "We call all the citizens of the EU to make use of this unique opportunity to shape our common future," emphasized Steinmeier.

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citizen participation in policymaking has entered a new phase as many government. agencies have initiated digital government activities and have taken advantage of. web-based applications to communicate with constituents and to provide participa gies to promote citizen participation in policymaking processes. Since October 2006, for instance, SMG has offered open online policy forums, called “Oasis,” as a means. of promoting citizen participation and improving transparency in the policy agenda

The participating states cover much of the land area of the Northern Hemisphere. The Organization has its roots in the 1973 Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE). Decision on promoting economic participation in the OSCE area. Decision on small arms and light weapons and stockpiles of conventional ammunition. Frank-Walter Steinmeier .

It may look like remain in the current situation with the corona pandemic "not enough time for an in-depth discussion of the future of Europe - but the opposite is the case," was convinced Steinmeier. The pandemic "has reminded us what really matters in life: our health, our relationship to nature, our relationship with our fellow human beings, mutual solidarity and cooperation," said the Federal President. The corona crisis had "raised questions that affect our way of life". She "showed the strengths of European integration, but also its weaknesses," writes Steinmeier together with the other twenty chosen heads of state of the EU member states.

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Citizen participation . More and more people are taking the initiative to make their local neighbourhood more liveable, for instance by helping to maintain playgrounds or green spaces. As a result, the relationship between government and society is changing. The government can support citizen participation in various ways, for instance by abolishing unnecessary rules and regulations wherever possible. Like the complex application procedures volunteers sometimes have to contend with to obtain funding for their activities.

“ Citizens play an enormous role in checking government activities. With a structured avenue for communication, organizations (and citizens ’ groups) will find it easier to work with government toward our common goal of improving our country,” said Secretary Lacierda. More than 800 CSOs nationwide are already working with DSWD through these various forms of engagement, she said. This year’s meeting of KDCs is focused on how these universities and think tanks can participate in the government and the World Bank’s’ development programs in various capacities as service providers

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of the Federal President Warb for a "strong, effective European Union", the "transition to sustainable, climate-neutral and digitally supported development worldwide". A conference on the future of Europe will provide the opportunity to "openly talk about the European Union and to listen to our citizens, especially the young people.

Suspension for more Participation

at the initiative of Slovenia, which, with Germany and Portugal from July 2020 to December 2021, the EU's Trio Council Presidency wants to use the heads of state to involve as many people as possible in the further development of the European Union.

From Sunday, there are therefore numerous citizens of citizens and debates at European, national and regional levels over a period of about one year, in which citizens develop recommendations in areas such as sustainability and climate protection, digitization and Europe's role in the world. In addition, ideas can be exchanged on an online platform.


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