Citizens Take Over Europe

Citizens Take Over Europe emerged in the spring 2020 amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, in which we recognised how much the lack of European democracy is deeply affecting our lives.

We are a group of civil society organisations, citizens and residents from across Europe, joined in a common effort to promote a forward-looking and citizens-centered European democracy. While our national leaders struggle to find common solutions for the major challenges of our time, we take our own responsibility to put EU citizens and residents at the centre of the conversation about the future of Europe. We believe it is fundamental for people in Europe to organise across borders and design the Europe that we want: a Europe that cares and is taken care of.

We are developing and advocating for key criteria for a successful Conference on the Future of Europe, that puts citizens at the heart of the process.

We demand a fundamental rethinking of how our European democracy works by empowering citizens through tried and tested participatory tools to influence decision making, as well as through innovative deliberative methodologies.

On the occasion of Europe Week, Citizens Take Over Europe organised a series of online events in cooperation with all the members of the coalition, taking place across Europe, online, and in different languages.

Our message with these events is one and is clear: we want a Conference on the Future of Europe that truly puts citizens at the centre and pays attention to our demands.

It is time to act, it is time to organise because if not us…then who?!