The G1000, the European Citizens’ initiative and the malaise of democracy. In search of alternatives to populism and technocracy

7th Public Event of the Re-Bel initiative
Thursday the 24th of May 2012 from 2 to 6pm


The G1000. Facts, figures and some lessons from an experience of deliberative democracy in Belgium, by Didier Caluwaerts (VUB) & Min Reuchamps (ULg)

European Citizens’ Initiative
The promises and pitfalls of the European Citizens’ Initiative, Kristof Jacobs, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen.
Guide to the European Citizens’ Initiative, European Commission, Secretariat General, November 2011.
The European Citizens’ Initiative Pocket Guide, by Bruno Kaufmann, Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe and Green European Foundation, March 2012, 84p.


13.30 Registration

2-3.45 pm: The G1000: potential and limits of an unprecedented experiment.
Chair: Estelle Cantillon (ULB)

Philippe Van Parijs (UCLouvain & Oxford)

Some lessons from the G1000
David Van Reybrouck, initiator of the G1000
Min Reuchamps (ULg) & Didier Caluwaert (VUB), methodological unit of the G1000

Comments by
Jean-Pierre Rondas (former VRT journalist, columnist for De Morgen)
Henri Monceau (co-organiser, with James Fishkin, of Europe’s first deliberative polls, author of Deliberation and Learning of Democracy, forthcoming 2012)

3.45-4.15: Coffee break

4.15-6pm: The European Citizens’ Initiative: promises and perils of EU-level direct democracy
Chair: Erik Schokkaert (KU Leuven)

Some lessons from the ECI project so far
Charlotte Rive (Secretariat-General of the European Commission, ECI task force) 

Comments by
Kristof Jacobs (professor of political science, University of Nijmegen)
Christophe Leclercq (publisher of EurActiv, & founder Fondation EurActiv PoliTech, behind

Paul De Grauwe (LSE & KU Leuven)

6pm: Reception