This weekend sees another European Union innovation taking place at the European parliament. “Tomorrow’s Europe” is a forum set up by Stanford University professor James Fishkin. It attempts to establish a truly representative sample of 400 ordinary people from all 27 EU members. This from a much bigger pool of 3500 who have all been asked their opinions on a range of some of the EU’s most important issues.
Over the weekend the delegates in Brussels will function as if the whole of Europe had been brought into one room to discuss Economic and Social welfare – in a world of global competition – and the EU’s role in the world. It is an attempt to prove Europe’s politicians are not talking over people’s heads and can listen to them.
They will be basing their conclusions on the same information the elected decision-makers use, and Brussels hopes it will boost public interest – and trust – in EU institutions.