Editorial : EU2020 - commentaires Editorial : EU2020 2010-08-27T08:52:55Z https://www.taurillon.org/Editorial-EU2020#comment8567 2010-08-27T08:52:55Z <p>Dear Peter,</p> <p>You're right. But my conception of a well-functioning participatory democracy is that it cannot work if there are no concrete proposals on the table. The EU2020 document was a good joke, and it really didn't make us feel like contributing. I find it worrying that EU institutions tend to produce ever more strategic and technocratic blablas, and I suspect that it's a way for them to avoid debate.</p> <p>But what will follow will certainly be more concrete.</p> Editorial : EU2020 2010-08-27T07:45:25Z https://www.taurillon.org/Editorial-EU2020#comment8565 2010-08-27T07:45:25Z <p>Cher Cédric,</p> <p>I beg to differ ;-) I think there are several things to say about the EU2020 strategy, both critical and some positive things as well. On the one hand and as a federalist I agree with you that we might want to focus on improving the decision-making process as such, in order to avoid « useless technocratic blabla » as you call it, and empower the EU to have more teeth and weight behind its decisions and enforce it first and foremost within its Member States. But on the other we should recognise the political reality in which the EU2020 strategy for example will have an influence on the functioning of the EU in the coming 10 years in terms of policy focus and also budgetary implications. For this reason, for example, the European Youth Forum (YFJ) and its members are closely following the youth agenda within the EU2020 strategy and despite not always liking the process making sure that within it the voice of young people is properly heard and respected. JEF tried to be heard as well by participating in the EU2020 strategy consultation and you can read about JEF's views and comments on it here : <a href="http://bit.ly/d0aKaX" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>http://bit.ly/d0aKaX</a></p> <p>And a last point, I believe that <strong>giving the possibility to everyone interested in and/or concerned by an issue to get involved in a decision-making process</strong>, at least by having a chance to express his/her views, <strong>as the basis of a well-functioning democracy</strong>.</p> <p>Your convicted European,</p> <p>Peter</p> Editorial : EU2020 2010-08-26T13:52:59Z https://www.taurillon.org/Editorial-EU2020#comment8562 2010-08-26T13:52:59Z <p>There is very little to be said on the EU2020 strategy.</p> <p>I very much appreciate the idea that we should try to make the process of this new strategy more democratic than before, by involving « the European Parliament, the national governments and parliaments, trade unions, organisations, companies and the civil society », or whoever we think about. Although I don't think that involving everybody everywhere is precisely the definition of democracy.</p> <p>But what is the sense of trying to make something useless democratic ? The EU2020 strategy is a useless technocratic blabla, a logorrheic, abstract, and consensual juice. There are plenty of other useless technocratic blablas in Europe that would also require to be made deomcratic. But before doing so, we should try to democratise important technocratic decisions, or lacks of decision, that concern concrete problems.</p>