The European Citizens’ Convention

The European Citizens’ Convention will take place in the House of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania. It is being organized and hosted by the Jean Monnet Association, Romania.

At its core the Convention will have individual European citizens and a Federal project for Europe. Therefore, it aims to bring together federalists and pro-European individuals, NGOs and Think Tanks for a European-wide debate on a draft of a European Constitution, prepared by Leo Klinkers (co-author of the European Federalist Papers and Director of Klinkers Public Policy Consultants) Herbert Tombeur (co-author of the European Federalist Papers and Director of Tombeur Counseling) and Fernand Jaboul (guest -author of the European Federalist Papers and Honorary Consul for Luxembourg in the Netherlands).

The Convention’s work will be conducted upon five basic principles:

  • Transparency
  • Independence
  • Representativeness
  • Equality
  • Participatory Development

The participants will be organized in three categories: delegates (representing countries, NGOs and European organizations - they will be present on all three days, and will play an active role in the discussions in the first two days), permanent observers (present on all three days as well - they cannot actively participate in the debate, however they can convey information to delegations) and guests (present at only one day - guests will mainly be European and national officials, ambassadors, and representatives of political parties, and Think Tanks, among others).

In the last day, the online European Constitution platform for vote will be launched and all citizens across European are invited to participate and vote for any of the alternative formulations of the articles, presented during the Convention.

The main message following this Convention will be that “We Europeans stand united” and, in this way, there will be a truly democratic representative proposal for a European Constitution.

To register, or for more information, e-mail Alexandru Diaconu at: diaconu@monnet.ro

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