The Civic Council on European Democracy is looking for you!

Dear Palermitans, the Civic Council on European Democracy is looking for you!

The Civic Council on European Democracy organizes its first session among European citizens in Palermo. If you are interested in democracy, the idea of Europe and forging new transnational bonds, then this call is for you. 

Democracy and the rule of law in Europe are currently at risk. They require continuous maintenance in order for them to function. We need more shared spaces for transnational conversations, far removed from technocratic backrooms and board meetings in Brussels. For the European project to function, stories are needed that speak to all its citizens, not just a select few. That’s why we are establishing a Civic Council on European Democracy – a platform that brings about energetic proposals to shake and reshape the European myth, bringing about new stories of common origin and destination. That’s why we need engaged citizens like you.

What is the Civic Council on European Democracy?

The Civic Council is an initiative of the Forum on European Culture 2020 in Amsterdam, and is carried out in close cooperation with European Alternatives, Rome, and Gazeta Wyborcza in Warsaw. During the three sessions of the Civic Council, we combine the perspectives of (local) citizens, European thinkers, civil society actors and artists to create new common European narratives.

You are invited to the first session in Palermo to share your opinions and perspectives on Europe from your personal or professional experience. How do you relate to the continent as a Palermitan, Italian or European? What would you do to update Europe’s story? Take your chance to chip in and sign up!

Where and how?

The first session will take place in Palermo, at Crezi.Plus at Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa, on Friday 17th April, 2020. A group of 30 people, including artists, journalists and activists from all over Europe will engage in a one-day discussion, from 9:30 – 18:00.

Sounds interesting?Apply today!

We have a few requirements – you should be:

  • Based in Palermo
  • Proficient in English
  • Committed to participate in the discussion taking place in Cre.Zi.Plus on Friday 17th April 2020 from 9:00 – 18:00.

We offer:

  • 25 euros of per Diem
  • Lunch and dinner on April 17th at Cre.Zi.Plus.
  • The opportunity to be part of the Civic Council on European Democracy and join the group of people who will contribute to the Manifesto.

We’re also looking to represent the diversity of people living in Europe. We are particularly committed to enable the participation of people from racial and ethnic minorities, people from LGBTQI+ communities, people with disabilities and people who identify with disadvantaged economic classes. If you don’t identify as one of these groups, we still want you to apply – but if you know of another person who does, encourage them to apply as well!

Apply to participate in the first session in Palermo by filling out our online form before Monday, 9th March at midnight.

Any questions?

If you have any questions regarding the Civic Council and application process, please do not hesitate to contact Simon de Leeuw or Marta Cillero Manzano