Take action and organise
You want to keep your finger on what politicians in Europe decide? Than become the host of your own European HomeParliament. Invite friends and acquaintances and co-decide on the future of Europe.
With our HomeParliaments project we want to enable and stimulate civic engagement there where opinions are first formed: in the private sphere — at home, during an evening in the pub, or a picnic with friends in the park. These settings are ideal for organising your Home Parliament.
Register on this website as a first step. We will get in touch with you to confirm your registration. After that, we will make sure you receive all the information and material need, including the question to be discussed.
2. Convene your HomeParliament
Once you have received the all the materials, you can invite three to seven friends or acquaintances to your Parliament. Please note the period in which you can convene your Parliament. To ensure a lively discussion, it is recommended to invite different people with different opinions.
3. Make your HomeParliament happen
Once you have settled on a date, your HomeParliament can take place. Averagely this takes up to two hours. The questionnaire will simply guide you through it. The answers you can wright down in the specially provided reply form. It will be fun, instructive and consequential at the same time.
4. Send back the results
Return the reply form with your HomeParliamentary decision and recommendations to Pulse of Europe. We will make a compilation of all the feedback and pass it on to the political decision makers who have committed to the project. They are waiting for your input and looking forward to get in touch!
HomeParliaments offer an effective method to enhance public interest and participation in politics. It aims at the improvement of legislative processes through a coordinated exchange of information between voters, political decision makers, and experts. Everybody who is interested and has a constructive opinion on euro-political issues can join and have his or her say.
Pulse of Europe wants to use this method particularly to remedy the widening gap between representatives and those represented on a European Level. The European HomeParliaments aim to establish a connect between European citizens and politicians in Brussels.
In contrast to models of public participation based on the statistical survey of public opinion, HomeParliaments base their public advice on a prerequisite deabte between participants. The carefully prepared materials brief the participants and guide them through the discussion, creating space for HomeParliamentarians to refine, expand or reshape their opinions. This model is markedly open to those, who (as yet) feel unheard or unaddressed by politicians.