Citizens ’gatherings to complete our arsenal of participation

2022 May 6 Today, at 00:45, new formulas for citizen participation in public debate, “city meetings” and “town hall” -type meetings, promoting local and national democracy, should be encouraged. Stars Hollow, the fictional backstage of the Gilmore Girls (American series), the weekly “city meetings” are epic. In the local barn, the so-called Taylor Doose, the mayor, uses these municipal meetings to hold the usual grotesque playgrounds and get popular votes. Full screen Daniel Hilligsmann. If the example is anecdotal, the resulting context is not without interest. As much as the real Washington Depot (Connecticut) city inspires Stars Hollow, both town meetings do take place at least twice a year to bring residents together to vote on certain decisions. 2022 March. The agenda focuses on the creation of a fund for affordable housing, the acquisition of real estate or the storage of coronavirus vaccination materials. Friday Group Through analysis and strategic studies, the Friday Group, which brings together young talent from Belgium (aged 25-35), aims to enrich the public and political debate with new but realistic ideas. It is supported by the King Baudouin Foundation. Particularly practiced in the American New England region, city meetings and town hall meetings are held according to different rules and customs. The Connecticut town council, which is made up of a majority of citizens, votes on issues that were previously announced as official agendas. When it comes to a town hall assembly (or town hall), it brings together citizens and local or national politicians. In the absence of decisions, matters of interest or new draft legislation are discussed. Potential to be unlocked Since 2010, there has been an increase in the number of voices in Europe calling for greater citizen participation, and these have failed. In Belgium in 2019. February. The Bürgerdialog (civil dialogue), set up by the German-speaking community in 2007, has successfully brought together citizens elected by lot and attracted the attention of the international press, including the New York Times, The Economist and more. to home, Friday group. If ‘city assemblies’ and ‘town halls’ remain the exception in our democratic landscape, the potential for mobilizing their citizens deserves reflection. On the other hand, if, in terms of participation, city assemblies and town halls remain the exception in our democratic landscape, the potential for mobilizing their citizens deserves reflection. At a very small level, municipal assemblies could complement the existing arsenal of participation. This would allow citizens to offer very specific projects that they could easily identify with in their neighborhood or village. In this way, they would contribute to the development of community at the local level. Initially, the organization of the meeting will depend solely on the will and action of the public: citizens will be free to organize, set up their own structures and regulations, and respond to calls for proposals. The municipalities concerned are then free to support these initiatives, allocate large sums of money and implement citizens’ proposals. In a more advanced model, the commune will formally incorporate the assembly into its internal democratic processes. In a more advanced model, the commune will formally incorporate the assembly into its internal democratic processes. The assembly may even be given a real right of initiative by a local government decree. Thus, much like the American model, the citizen will contribute directly to the policies of his or her municipality. See also Senate decisions to revitalize Belgian democracy Direct contacts with representatives Equally interesting and open to the public, the town halls (citizens and all levels of government, all parties together) would make our complex institutional structures more concrete and tangible. These critical exchange sessions would allow voters to establish faster and more regular contact with their representatives. In decentralized constituencies, these critical exchange sessions would give voters the opportunity to establish faster and more regular contact with their representatives, learn about ongoing projects, better identify relevant positions, and raise issues with agents. On the basis of effective coordination at the level of local government or civil society, the success of the town hall will go hand in hand with the courage and goodwill of politicians. A more systematic parliamentary project could lead to a more general implementation of the concept at regional or national level. City assemblies and town halls, two formulas, make up their own goals that, like Connecticut, can coexist usefully. In both cases, the ongoing institutional deliberations could be an important moment to launch the first pilot projects. In fact, since 2022. in April the federal government launched the tomorrow’s platform, and participation was on the agenda. The opportunity must be seized at national and local level. Also read The government is launching a major brainstorming session on state reform. Daniel Hilligsmann, member of the Brussels Democracy Forum and Friday Group.
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