The forum is implemented by the international non-profit organisation Europe’s People’s Forum (EPF), registered in Denmark, in collaboration with tentatively more than 50 active organisations from the 27 EU member states.
In the past, the European Union has engaged in several processes to discuss its policies and decisions with the European people, but without much success. The EU is still criticised for its democratic deficit in the European Council and the European Commission. These institutions are perceived by many to neglect people’s needs and concerns.
EPF aims to turn the traditional European policy process on its head by letting the people formulate its visions and policy proposals across the 27 member states and by advocating for them at a forum with European and national politicians and civil servants. It is the ambition that the forum will constitute Europe’s people’s counterpart to the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The aim of Europe’s People’s Forum is to strengthen European democracy and engage the people and media in a debate of strategies and visions for the future EU together with other national European initiatives. This debate seeks to impact on the course of the EU and to better align future EU political strategies with the populations’ priorities.
VICE and ACTING PRESIDENT
Roger Casale (UK) – CEO New Europeans
MEMBER & SECRETARY GENERAL
Bent Nørby Bonde (BE) – Director Media Progress, Former director Baltic Media Centre, and TV 2 Bornholm
Pierre-Yves Le Borgn' (FR), former MP, Member of COE parliament, Vice President First Solar, Director Industry Relations, Rohm and Haas
Stephen Boucher (FR), man. CEO of think-and-do-tank Dreamocracy, former director Foundation Euractiv#media4EU and CEO and Editor in Chief ConsoGlobe, visiting professor Science Po, European Studies. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Verena Ringler (AT) - Director European Commons, former Head of the Europe Cluster, Stiftung Mercator and former Associate Editor, Foreign Policy magazine, Winner of an EU Young Journalist Award.
Steen Illeborg (BE), Secretary General Europeans Throughout the World, former General Director, Committee of the Regions, Assistant Director Association of Danish Regions
Manuel Arriaga (PT), Fórum dos Cidadãos co-founder, co-founder Democracy R&D, Currently Faculty of New York University