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A new EU Convention

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A new EU Convention

Relaunch EU Democracy Now!

Europe is at its most challenging and important crossroad. We have never had a  more critical debate on where Europe's path should lead - and rightly so, because EU reforms must take place sooner rather than later if we are to secure a thriving, unified Union of the people. With Europe reaching a turning point and citizens feeling more distanct from decision-makers in the EU, we need to grasp the opportunity in front of us to create a Europe that fits the 21st century reality of people's struggles. The Conference on the Future of Europe is the flagship project of the European Commission, but it will only succeed if many citizens, and not just a small elite, are truly heard, and if the Conference is followed-up with real, lasting results that lead us to a new treaty. Europe needs a new EU Constitutional Convention.

What is an EU Convention?

The Convention process is enshrined in Article 48 of the Lisbon Treaty as the only legally valid way to really change the way the EU functions. It is the only instrument in the EU toolbox that offers the possibilty of achieving substantive changes to the EU treaties in a more open and democratic way.  

It's clear that the EU must take real and legally secured steps towards reform - reforms which can only be implemented if approved by a Convention. This way, citizens as the Convention participants can directly reform Europe's future!

Our criteria for a democratic convention

Lessons Learned

Around the turn of the millennium, the EU tested the convention method with some success. In 1999/2000, an EU Convention established the Charter of Fundamental Rights and in 2002/2003 a Convention drafted the Constitutional Treaty. These two extensive exercises offered useful insights in the opportunities for civil society and citizen participation, whose input was instrumental in introducing the European Citizens' Initiative in the EU treaties. However, as citizens were not included throughout the entire process, the success of these Conventions were limited. In the end, only a handful of member states allowed their citizens to have a final say by means of a popular vote on the EU Constitional Treaty and the process ultimately failed. 

A consultation is not necessarily a convention

4 steps to an EU Convention


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