Citizens Participation
Event details
  • 17 Nov 2021
  • 16:00 - 17:30
  • Online (via Zoom) | Physical (limited number available)
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NEXT ITEM 'Citizens participation in border-regions'

“Next ITEM” – will be the title of the future public debates organized by the expertise centre ITEM, the UM cross-border institute. We start with the topic of citizens participation in decision making processes, currently discussed at all political level. The role of referenda, citizens initiatives or new instruments like citizens assemblies are a case in point. The question has become also relevant for cross-border policies and governance.

Dr Peter Ulrich is a political scientist and research associate at the German Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space. In his PhD thesis in 2019, he was doing research on civil society participation and governance in EU cross-border spaces. In 2021, he published the book “Participatory Governance in the Europe of Cross-Border Regions: Cooperation – Boundaries – Civil Society”, exploring citizens participation in a cross-border context. He will present and discuss his main findings with:

  • Prof Christine Neuhold, Professor of EU Democratic Governance and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences;
  • Dr Joost van den Akker, Lecturer in European Studies (Zuyd University of Applied Sciences) and former regional Minister of the Province of Limburg;
  • Prof. dr. Hildegard Schneider, Emeritus Professor International and European Law, ITEM The debate will be moderated by Martin Unfried, ITEM.

Programme

16.00
Welcome 
Prof Anouk Bollen, Director ITEM, Maastricht University

Participatory Governance in the Europe of Cross-Border Regions: Cooperation – Boundaries – Civil Society Dr Peter Ulrich, Leibniz Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung (DE) presents results from his research on Participatory Governance in the Europe of Cross-Border Regions.

16.30
Participatory Democracy at all levels: A new Impulse for European Integration and the Future of Europe?

Panel debate – Moderator Martin Unfried, ITEM
 Interventions by:
Prof Christine Neuhold, Professor of EU Democratic Governance (Maastricht University),
Dr Joost van den Akker LLM, Lecturer in European Studies (Zuyd University of Applied Sciences),
Prof Dr Hildegard Schneider, ITEM

17.00 Open debate

17.30 End of the event and drinks

Register until 14 November