In a speech in Athens, French President Emmanuel Macron sketched a plan to “rebuild” the European Union through wider democracy, including ‘democratic conventions’.
Online consultation across Europe, then local debates: democratic assemblies for EU reform should be held from May to October 2018, ahead of the 2019 European elections.
But Romania could become the first country to organise such debates. Victor Negrescu, the Romanian Minister Delegate for European Affairs, said Romania will organise such a debate next month (January). If so, this could be the first such debate to be held.
He informed of the preparation of the Romanian Presidency which will begin on 1 January 2019, its main priorities, and the broader EU agenda of his country. In particular, he said that Romania will organise a debate next month (January) in the spirit of the EU-wide ‘democratic conventions’ proposed by the French President Emmanuel Macron in his Sorbonne speech.
This could be the first such debate to be held.
‘Citizens’ and ‘values’