The results of the European elections in 2019 give reason to be optimistic — indeed, the significantly increased voter turnout and the numerous demonstrations in the streets of Europe show that a majority of citizens want this Europe. However, the political process that lead to the nomination of the President of the European Commission made it clear that we need — now more than ever — to strengthen, empower and encourage the development of the Europe “from the bottom-up”.
Verena Ringler in her article “Einen Bürgerkommissar für die EU, bitte!” strongly argues for a Citizen´s Commissioner in order to represent the citizens with the institutions of the European Union and to give an institutional framework for all the different civil-society activities happening across Europe. On November 8th, the initiative “Cities for Europe”, in cooperation with other civil society initiatives such as A Soul for Europe and Wir sind Europa, organizes a one day-long cooperation meeting in Berlin where we would like to discuss challenges and tasks of a Europe from the “bottom up”. Together with representatives of European cities and stakeholders of civil society, we would like to discuss the impact of the political power of European citizens — as well as the challenges of a European-oriented local policy.
Interested? Join our online debate at medium.com/asoulforeurope and your statements will be accordingly discussed during the “Cities for Europe” cooperation meeting of European Mayors, city representatives and stakeholders of civil society in Berlin.