What do we do?

Europe's People's Forum allows and encourages every single person among the 500 million people in EU’s 27 countries to voice their opinions and visions and to influence the European Union through the policy proposals put forward. It is a key purpose for the Forum to ensure that the people’s proposals gain a serious impact on the policies in Europe. To have such impact it is necessary that the proposals put forward are credible, substantiated and coherent in a societal context.

Annual Process

  1. Every year Europe’s Peoples’ Forum and its partners will define 2 themes which the citizens are already engaged in. These themes will be the focus of discussion in online debates and activities in the 27 member states and will be based on the  questions for debate and information material provided through Europe’s Peoples’ Forum.​
  2. Partner organisations building popular engagement in a democratic dialogue on future reforms and policies of the EU in the 27 countries will also take the lead in organising national debates on the two themes through media, online debates and public meetings.
  3. ​In each of the 27 countries the partner organisations will summarise the debates. They will use media and internet based platforms to invite candidates and subsequently organise a public election of two persons from each country to participate in thematic fora to conclude on the online and national debates across Europe.
  4. ​Twice a year 54 participants from 27 countries will meet in Denmark to debate the two defined themes and bring together perspectives and conclusions from all national debates. They will develop a coherent policy proposal for each theme based on the information and opinions expressed during the national debates.
  5. During the annual large-scale Europe’s Peoples’ Forum the participants in the thematic fora will present the transnational conclusions of the debates. Their conclusions and the contributions from other European citizen-based initiatives will provide the basis for exciting discussions with politicians and civil servants from Europe’s regions, member states, and the European Institutions will be invited to hear and discuss the strategies and visions.

Research validation panel

The Research Validation Panel is made up of recognised researchers and research institutions across Europe with specialists within a broad range of themes that can be dealt with by EPF. The Panel is tasked with several important functions for the Europe’s People’s Forum.

The overall goal of EPF is to engage the people in all 27 member states in a debate and development of policy proposals that their representatives can present and discuss with European and national politicians and civil servants. During the process of transforming opinions and visions into policy proposals the Research Validation Panel will  contribute data and analyses that serve to substantiate and synthesise the proposals from the people across Europe.

The Research Validation Panel will further ensure that the final policy proposals presented by the representatives at the Europe’s People’s Forum are well substantiated in a broader analytical and political perspective.