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The Europe we know today was designed in a postwar era for a vastly different reality. Mounting challenges and crises ranging from climate change to automation and economic downturns, digital threats and the rapid spread of (mis)information, have brought societal concerns, confusion and frustrations to a breaking point. Widening social inequalities have left citizens feeling excluded, disenfranchised and cynical as they perceive that politicians don’t listen to them and lack the will to act on solutions.

It is now time for a fresh approach with a Renewed Social Contract for Europe—one that genuinely represents the desires and necessities of all individuals. As the primary stakeholders in this arrangement, we as citizens should play a central role in the development and finalisation of this new framework.

Debating Europe’s recent “2024 Voices – Citizens Speak Up!” report launched a process aimed at amplifying a diverse array of voices in the discourse surrounding the Renewed Social Contract for Europe. The report marks the initial phase of a comprehensive strategy extending to 2030 and beyond. It lays the groundwork for our commitment to formulating a Revised Social Contract focused on equity, ensuring inclusivity, and, most importantly, actively engaging with your input.

The “2024 Voices – Citizens Speak Up!” report gathers insights from over 2,000 people across seven European countries – Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden – who have shared their perspectives on four key issues facing Europe:

  • Advancing the green transition
  • Ensuring democracy serves everyone
  • Promoting inclusive and sustainable growth
  • Enhancing safety and resilience

To ensure the findings receive the impact they deserve, Debating Europe is organising a series of local events in the 7 target countries bringing together young citizens, policymakers and experts in an interactive live discussion focused on finding solutions to the issues identified in the report.

Find out more about Debating Europe’s local events below and join us to reimagine a Europe fit for the 21st century, together!

Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram, and join the #2024Voices conversation!

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Debating Europe's local event - Germany (27 April)
Expand Debating Europe's local event - Germany (27 April)

How can we restore citizens’ trust in democracy? The upcoming European elections will be an important test of democracy in Europe and of citizens’ trust in it. In Germany, people aged 16 will be allowed to vote for the first time. But where do they and all other voters get trustworthy information on which they can base their voting decision?

This event provided an opportunity to engage in a meaningful debate on the intersection of technology, democracy and trust. Thank you for contributing to shaping Europe’s Renewed Social Contract together!

This event took place at the ZEIT Stiftung’s EuropaCamp Festival in Hamburg on 27 April 2024 at 17:00 CEST. 

Read Debating Europe’s “2024 Voices – Citizens Speak Up!” executive summary in German here.   

Continue to Spain
Debating Europe's local event - Spain (7 May)
Expand Debating Europe's local event - Spain (7 May)

This event provided an opportunity to engage in a meaningful debate on the intersection of technology, democracy and trust.

Our first event took place at Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid on 7 May 2024. More information about the second event will be available soon!

Read Debating Europe’s “2024 Voices – Citizens Speak Up!” executive summary in Spanish here.

Continue to France
Debating Europe's local event - France (14 May)
Expand Debating Europe's local event - France (14 May)

This event provided an opportunity to engage in a meaningful debate on the intersection of technology, democracy and trust.

Our first event took place on 14 May at Maison de l’Europe in Paris. More information about the second event will be available soon!  

Read Debating Europe’s “2024 Voices – Citizens Speak Up!” executive summary in French here.

Continue to Poland
Debating Europe's local event - Poland (21 May)
Expand Debating Europe's local event - Poland (21 May)

Join us for a debate with policymakers, experts and fellow citizens as we explore how we can reimagine our society with citizens at the heart of its democratic foundations.

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in a meaningful debate on the intersection of technology, democracy and trust.

This event will take place at the Youth space Hej! in Lublin on 21 May 2024  at 13:00 CEST. No registration is required for this event.

Read Debating Europe’s “2024 Voices – Citizens Speak Up!” executive summary in Polish here.

Continue to Sweden
Debating Europe's local event - Sweden (31 May)
Expand Debating Europe's local event - Sweden (31 May)

Join us for a debate with policymakers, experts and fellow citizens as we explore how we can reimagine our society with citizens at the heart of its democratic foundations.

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in a meaningful debate on the intersection of technology, democracy and trust.

This event will take place at the Järvaveckan Festival, seminar stage: Malmö, in Stockholm on 31 May 2024 from 16.15 to 17.00 CEST. No registration is required for this event.

Read Debating Europe’s “2024 Voices – Citizens Speak Up!” executive summary in Swedish here.

Continue to Italy
Debating Europe's local event - Italy (June 2024)
Expand Debating Europe's local event - Italy (June 2024)

How can Italy’s digital transition stop the brain drain? In June, you and millions of other Europeans will head to the polls to elect a new European Parliament.

Join us in a debate with politicians, experts and fellow citizens to discuss whether and how artificial intelligence can be a force for good and help strengthen Italy’s economic competitiveness.

Join us and help shape a Renewed Social Contract for Europe!

This event will take place in Milan in June 2024. Stay tuned for more details.

Read Debating Europe’s “2024 Voices – Citizens Speak Up!” executive summary in Italian here

Continue to Belgium
Debating Europe's local event - Belgium (4 June)
Expand Debating Europe's local event - Belgium (4 June)

How can we restore citizens’ trust in democracy? The upcoming European elections will be an important test of democracy in Europe and of citizens’ trust in it. In Belgium, people aged 16 will be allowed to vote for the first time. But where do they and all other voters get trustworthy information on which they can base their voting decision? How can they tell what is true and what is not, what is dubious or even manipulation? What can politicians and platform operators do to combat the spread of fake news and disinformation? What role, if any, can technology and AI play in the process? Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in a meaningful debate on the intersection of technology, democracy, and trust.

Join us and contribute to shaping Europe’s Renewed Social Contract!

This event will take place in Muntpunt, Brussels on 4 June 2024 at 19:00 CEST. Stay tuned for more details.

Read Debating Europe’s “2024 Voices – Citizens Speak Up!” in English here, in French here, and in Dutch here.  

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