Its mandate is also to open a ‘third space’ in which citizens can engage with Europe: neither accepting the current logic of austerity, nor accepting the flat refusal of all European aspiration to a Union or integration. Thus, providing European citizens with a concrete opportunity to exercise their citizenship and articulate their priorities or alternatives at a European level.
Any organisations representing European citizens and individuals are welcome to work together towards the Citizens Pact in a variety of ways which may include:
- Taking part in organising the series of citizens’ deliberations convened by European Alternatives in Italy, Bulgaria, France, Spain, Romania, the UK, Germany and Slovakia over 2013
- Organising public meetings and deliberations around themes relating to the Citizens’ Pact (we mentioned initiatives in Bologna, Venice, Florence, Lodz)
- Organising public activities which are not conferences but include more creative approaches (including TRANSEUROPA festival in October 2013)
- A shared campaign to sign European Citizens’ Initiatives over 2013
- Supporting the AlterSummit process, the mobilisations planned for the 14/15thMarch and the AlterSummit to be held in Athens in June 2013, and introducing the Citizens’ Pact for Democracy into the concerns of the AlterSummit
- Producing a citizens’ manifesto for the European elections in 2014, and using it to put pressure on political groupings and individual candidates and MEPs
- Contributing to a Charter for European Citizenship
- Using an online wiki-constitution and other online platforms for discussion
- Contributing to the policy recommendations to be formulated by the Civil Society Alliance for the European Year of Citizens
- Engaging in calling for a Constitutional Convention and in putting forward proposals for how such a Convention should include and involve citizens
- Conducting surveys of public opinion.