Europe 2.0 – The first Europe Jam at the Online Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy

by | 30. September 2020

The ongoing Covid 19 pandemic affects us all – that also includes our traveling discussion dome. For this reason, the European Public Sphere team has decided to organise weekly online discussion rounds on various topics, targeted at young Europeans. The so-called “Europe Jams” offer these young people an open space to share and discuss political ideas on the future of Europe, while working out solutions together. Our intern Max Tjong-Ayong reports back from the Jam.

To ensure that the content discussed by the participants is heard, the European Public Sphere will publish the proposals and ideas in an online exhibition after the conclusion of the project. With the help of the videoconferencing tool Zoom, we have created a space where young people can come together every Tuesday evening (18.30-20.00 CET) to debate the future of Europe.

The launch event of the Europe Jams took place on Saturday 26 September 2020 during the workshop session of the Online Forum on Modern Direct Democracy (OFMDD).

… and gave great input on the topic of democracy in Europe!

Voters without Borders also joined…

Unfortunately, fewer participants than expected had come to join our workshop session, which is why the Democracy International team decided with a heavy heart to merge thematically appropriate workshops. As the first Europe Jam was designed as a free discussion forum, we were very happy to join forces with the team of “Voters Without Borders”. The young group around Sinéad O’Keeffe, Claire Dautcourt, Juliette Gille-Vignale, Robert Goia and Brunello de Vita was able to provide all workshop participants with valuable insights into their European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI).

With young Europeans becoming increasingly mobile, they are committed to strengthening the political rights of EU citizens. They aim to ensure that EU citizens who move to another EU country enjoy the same political rights as citizens of that country. The participants asked various questions about the contents of the ECI and discussed together with “Voters Without Borders” the creation of a common European identity.

The Europe Jam was moderated by Mirte van Hout, Gerhard Schuster and Max Tjong-Ayong.

Some impressions from our event

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