Towards a European 'Mienskip': A Public Debate about the Future of Citizens in Europe.

Towards a European 'Mienskip': A Public Debate about the Future of Citizens in Europe. Photo by Ruben van Vliet. 

Towards a European 'Mienskip': A Public Debate about the Future of Citizens in Europe. Photo by Ruben van Vliet. 

 
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On 23 April, ECF was in Leeuwarden – the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018 – for a discussion based on the New Pact for Europe's second report with local, national and European stakeholders, politicians, opinion makers, entrepreneurs and scientists. The central question of the debate was how to share power, build alliances and establish not only a genuine dialogue, but an equitable distribution of responsibilities between the State, market and the Mienskip (which means ‘community’ in Frisian) at the local, national and European level. Read the report, browse through the image gallery and media coverage of the event, and listen to the full debate below.

Report

  • Can citizen-driven initiatives bridge the gap between politics and society? by Joke Schaapman, Schrijfburo. Download PDF (in English). 
  • Column and Reflection by Teun van de Keuken, journalist, columnist and producer. Download PDF (in Dutch). 

Media Coverage

  • ‘Wie anders wil, moet anders doen’, Irene Overduin, Leeuwarder Courant, 24/04/2015 (print)
  • An interview on Omrop Fryslân (in Frisian) about citizen initiatives: listen
  • Hevel macht over van lokale politici naar de mienskip, Patrick van't Haar, Friesch Dagblad, 24/04/2015 (print, download PDF)

Image Gallery 

Click on the image to start viewing the gallery. All photos by Ruben van Vliet.

Audio

You can listen to the full debate below (in three parts). Some parts are in English and some in Dutch.

Programme

  • Welcome  & opening by Katherine Watson, director ECF and Ferd Crone, Mayor of Leeuwarden
  • Introduction of evening by Lennart Booij, moderator
  • Keynote speaker: Silke Helfrich  
  • Interviews: sharing local examples and their methodology and actions on how to connect citizens and local governments, with Christian Iaione, Bolona, Italy | Matthew Fox, Engage Liverpool, UK | Carmen Lozano Bright, Peer to peer movement, Spain | Wim Hiemstra, Kening fan de Greide, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands 
  • Column and Reflection by Teun van de Keuken, journalist, columnist and producer
  • End debate about connections between citizens and politicians at European level with Agnes Jongerius, Member European Parliament (PvdA) | Pascal Gielen, Professor of Sociology in Art and Cultural Politic, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen | Bouwe de Boer, Policy-maker energy in Leeuwarden
  • Wrap up & conclusions moderated by Lennart Booij