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From the French Citizens' Convention on Climate to the Conference on the Future of Europe: A participatory science and democracy perspective

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Laurence Eymard
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The Citizens' Convention on Climate (CCC) gathered 150 people, randomly selected but representing the diversity of French society. Its mandate was to formulate a series of concrete measures aimed to achieve at least a 40% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (compared to 1990) while preserving social justice. The citizens auditioned experts on various topics from climate to economics and then formulated their own proposals, thus building an effective consensus, beyond individual specific interests. Moreover, proposals formed a coherent whole, and in this regard fare much better than previous attempts to tackle environmental and climate transition through public debates. This methodology shows how citizen science can produce efficient and quality outcomes. This opens new perspectives for democracy on the basis of new interaction channels between law‐makers, professional experts and citizens. This seems to be the approach chosen for the Conference on the Future of Europe as well. Gathering citizens from all EU countries to work on important topics for Europe and Europeans could be a way to build a common vision, and contribute to the creation of a true European common good. Citizens' direct involvement in science and democracy might be one of the keys to meaningfully and thus successfully address their shortcomings.
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insu-03029398 , version 1 (28-11-2020)

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Laurence Eymard. From the French Citizens' Convention on Climate to the Conference on the Future of Europe: A participatory science and democracy perspective. European Law Journal, 2020, 26 (1-2), pp.136-140. ⟨10.1111/eulj.12369⟩. ⟨insu-03029398⟩
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