Citizen Participation & the European Green Deal
Video recording of the event of 21 September 2021
The Roundtable debate moderated by Claire Dupont, took place on 21 September 2021. It was a part of the GOVTRAN final event series. The speakers were Katarzyna Bałucka-Dębska, European Climate Pact Lead at the European Commission, Diarmuid Torney, Associate Professor in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, & Lise Deshautel, consultant on climate policies and citizen participation who previously served as an advisor to the French Climate Assembly’s governing committee. The 1,5 hour shed light on how climate assemblies have been implemented in Ireland and in France, the innovative citizen participation aspects of such a format, how they may have an impact beyond direct policy change, and the potential challenges of those. The event also discussed the European climate pact programme of the European Commission in terms of the European Green Deal.
On the event
An integral part of the European Green Deal is the European Climate Pact, which aims to bring together citizens in the development and implementation of the European Green Deal. While there is little experience of citizen participation processes at the EU level, several member states or local/regional actors have designed and implemented citizen panels, juries or assemblies. This panel session brings together researchers and policy actors who have been closely engaged with these national processes or who are working at the EU level. They will discuss lessons learned and the opportunities and challenges for citizen participation in the European Green Deal. It will address questions such as what is the added-value of citizen participation processes in general, and (how) can citizen participation processes lead to effective climate policy action in the EU?
- Katarzyna Bałucka-Dębska, European Climate Pact Lead at the European Commission
- Diarmuid Torney, Associate Professor in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University
- Lise Deshautel, consultant on climate policies and citizen participation, previously served as an advisor to the French Climate Assembly’s governing committee
- Moderator, Claire Dupont, Assistant Professor of European and International Governance, Ghent University