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Press Pack 11/11/11


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Press Pack 11/11/11

  1. 1. G1000 Because democracy is more than just elections1. The G1000 supplements the current system of government; it’s not an attack on the system.2. The G1000 supports the idea of representative democracy; that’s why we’re organizing participativedemocracy.3. Elections are the main meals, citizens’ participation events are the healthy snacks in between.4. It’s not anti-politics but pro-politics.5. Democracy is also: meeting each other and exchanging viewpoints.6. Our purpose is to advise not to legislate.7. Result: content and procedures.8. It’s a three-stage rocket..
  2. 2. Participant selection1. By telephone: GSK Significant2. Four selection criteria: gender, language, age, province3. Additional recruitment (10%) of groups that are harder to reach (unskilled or semi- skilled sections of the population, underprivileged and vulnerable groups, ethnic and cultural minorities) through civil society organizations.4. 1000 people have confirmed that they will participate, but there is no compulsory attendance
  3. 3. Agenda-settingJuly-Sep Citizens suggest 5,000 topics and rank each other’s proposals: Top 25.Oct: People can vote online to select the topics of their priority from the Top 25 topics. Result: Top 3Nov: Top 3 becomes the agenda for the G1000 1. Social security expert: Bea Cantillon (UA) expert: Philippe Van Parijs (UCL) 2. Distribution of wealth in times of financial crisis expert: Koen Schoors (UG) expert: Eric De Keuleneer (ULB) 3. Immigration expert: Marie-Claire Foblets (KUL) expert: Marco Martiniello (ULg) 4. Open session 100 tables chose another topic from the Top 25.
  4. 4. Procedure
  5. 5. 11 November 2011 : the whole country speaks!G-OFF spontaneous initiative of citizens who were not selected but still wanted to be involved. Where? How? Through livestreaming they follow the explanations given by the experts, then they discuss Number: from 5 to more than 100 participants per G-OFF.G-HOME online debate with others about the themes of the G1000 Where? From home. Through Synthetron, online brainstorming tool. How? Through livestreaming they follow the explanations given by the experts, then they take part in the discussion through their computer. The results will be mentioned separately in the G1000 report.
  6. 6. International observers observe the process of the G1000 and write an evaluation report Prof. dr. David Farrell (University College Dublin, Ireland) Specialist in the study of parties, elections, electoral systems and members of parliament. Dr. Julien Talpin (Université de Lille 2, France) Researches deliberative democracy, political socialisation and the transformations of representative government. Prof. Dr. Jean Tillie (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Nederland) Professor Electoral Policies and programme leader of the AISSR programme group ‘Challenges to Democratic Representation’. Ms. Ida Andersen (Danish Board of Technology, Denmark) The Danish Board of Technology is an independent council of the Danish government since 1986. The Danish Board of Technology has developed numerous methods for the purpose of involving citizens, including the so-called Citizens’ Hearing and the Consensus Conference. Dr. Clodagh Harris (University College Cork, Ireland) Dr Clodagh Harris researches deliberative democracy, active democratic citizenship and political participation. Prof. Dr. Richard Stilmann II (University of Colorado Denver, USA) Professor of Public Administration. Elected fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration. Cécile Le Clercq (European Commission) Ms. Le Clercq represents the ‘Citizens Policy’ Unit at the European Commission’s Communication DG. The unit’s Europe for Citizens programme’s main priorities include encouraging citizens to become actively involved in the process of European integration. Mr. Martin Wilhelm (Citizens for Europe, Germany) Director of Citizens for Europe, a Berlin-based, non-partisan, non-governmental and nonprofit organisation, established to empower citizens in the EU with more political participation opportunities, from local to European level.
  7. 7. G1000 : modus vivendi1. Civil society: Various members of civil society organizations will be present during (most of) the day as spectators. 2. Press: Journalists are welcome to attend (part of) the day on the condition that they do not disturb the discussions. Interviews with participants are allowed during coffee breaks and lunches. Photo, film and audio: no problem. 3. Link to politics: The presidents of the seven parliaments in Belgium will be present during the final ceremony (6:30pm-7pm)
  8. 8. Money G1000 – Cost on the market 750.000 € Budget (june 2011) 465.000 € In kind & cost reduction 150.000 € Budget forecast 317.000 € Transport, Catering, Hotels 76154 23% Logistique 56767 18% Donations 289.000 € Communication 50000 16% Deficit (7 november 2011) 28.000 € Audio-visuel 50759 16% Recrutement 26000 8%June-Novembre 2011 110700 Facilities 21870 7%11 november 2011 206550 DONATORS General coordination 14500 5%Total 317250 3018 <500 € Online Process 14400 5% 26 >500 € Financial costs 6800 2% 13 >5000 € 317250
  9. 9. Thema’s/thèmesHoe ontwikkelen we een duurzaam energiebeleid in dit land?Comment développer une politique énergétique durable dans ce pays ?Hoeveel bestuursniveaus heeft België nodig? Welke bevoegdheid en welke omvangdienen die te hebben?De combien de niveaux administratifs la Belgique a-t-elle besoin ? Quellescompétences et quelle envergure doivent-ils posséder ?Hoe kunnen we de democratie vernieuwen en verbreden?Comment renouveler et étendre la démocratie ?Hoe kunnen we het mobiliteitsvraagstuk duurzaam oplossen?Comment résoudre de façon durable la question de la mobilité ?Hoe moeten ons onderwijs en onze arbeidsmarkt zich tot elkaar verhouden?Quels doivent être les rapports entre notre enseignement et notre marché del’emploi?Hoe kan ons bestuur krachtiger en efficiënter worden?Comment notre gestion gouvernementale peut-elle gagner en force et enefficacité ?Hoe kunnen we kennis en creativiteit stimuleren als grondstof voor onzeeconomie?Comment stimuler les acquis du savoir et de la créativité en tant que matièrespremières de notre économie ?Hoe gaan we om met meertaligheid in dit land? Hoe belangrijk is het kennen enverwerven van andere landstalen?Comment voyons-nous le multilinguisme dans ce pays ? Quelle importanceaccordons-nous à la connaissance et à l’acquisition des autres languesnationales ?Moeten burgers kunnen stemmen op kandidaten uit een anderetaalgemeenschap? Zin en onzin van een federale kieskringLes citoyens doivent-ils pouvoir voter pour les candidats d’une autre communautélinguistique ? Sens et non-sens de la circonscription fédéraleWelke rol en toekomst zien we voor Brussel?Quel rôle et quel avenir envisageons-nous pour Bruxelles ?