Having a say in political matters constitutes the basis of democracy and also makes up for a huge part of one’s attachment to the community. But not being entitled to vote is a classic dilemma in today’s European member states – especially in urban areas with increasingly international populations. While EU citizens are entitled to vote at least at the local level they lack this right at the national level. They are penalized for exercising their fundamental freedom to work or study in another country. Third-country nationals often lack any say in political matters.
The project EUtopia’s Democracy Cities discussed visions of a transnational European urban democracy, such as:
- What can cities learn from each other?
- How can they cooperate in providing more and better democratic tools?
During the project and the workshop, participants explored lessons learned from different experiences. The goal was to foster dialogue on solutions for a more inclusive democracy and encourage further action and co-creation among European cities. Nevertheless, the project did not end with experiences already made but developed ideas that have not yet been implemented anywhere. This nowhere yet is the basis of utopian thinking.