Why Citizen's Panels?
Citizens’ panels aims at:
- enabling "ordinary citizens" to deliberate on the basis of balanced and comprehensive information and provide their point of view to decision-makers as a complementary decision-making tool;
- stimulating learning in participation and mutual understanding through dialogue between citizens, politicians, experts and stakeholders from different backgrounds;
- raising and sustaining public debate in a transparent way during the implementation phase of the project, and after this phase through a wider dissemination of the citizens’ recommendations to interested organised groups and the wider public.
A citizens’ panel with citizens who:
- are randomly selected from a cross-section of society
- receive and assess balanced and authoritative information, provided by a range of profiles (experts, stakeholders and civil servants) and viewpoints
- deliberate thoroughly with their peers
- build and present a citizens’ report on the chosen issue
- publicly present their report and recommendations to the relevant authorities and stakeholders.
The citizens’ report is widely diffused to stimulate wider public debate and the whole process is made transparent and receives media coverage.
Different names are used in different countries, sometimes with some variation in the methodology (number of participants, length of the work, etc.): conférences de consensus, nucleos de intervencion participativa, citizens' juries, Planungszelle, etc.).
Deliberative democracy initiatives adopted by the Foundation
- G1000 Citizens' Summit (2011) and G1000 Citizens' Panel (G32) (2012)
- G1000 Belgian platform for democratic innovation (2013-2020) that has designed the Ostbelgien Model (2018), formally adopted by the Parliament of the German-speaking region of Belgium (2019) (Website)
Citizens' panels initiated by the Foundation
- National Citizens' Panel on aging (2014)
- European Citizens' Panel on the roles for rural areas in tomorrow's Europe (2006-2007)
- Regional Citizens' Panel "Our countryside, tomorrow in Europe" (2006-2007)
- National Citizens' Panel on GMO's cultures (2003)
- Regional Citizens' Panel on "Spatial planning, mobility and sustainable development" (2001)
Deliberative democracy initiatives involving the Foundation
The Foundation has supported the following processes in different ways (advisory role, member of the Steering committee, coordinating a specific work area, etc.):
- Wallonia’s “Youth Parliament” on sustainable development strategy (2018)
- Parliament of Wallonia citizens' panels on aging (2017)
- Mobility Parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region (2017)
- G100 committee on the extension of a commercial complex, Louvain-la-Neuve (2017)
- European Citizens Consultations (2009) (Evaluation report)