Developing a more Coherent and Inclusive Citizen Engagement: Guidance and Tools

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 10:00 AM through November 16, 2023
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Developing a more Coherent and Inclusive Citizen Engagement: Guidance and Tools

Are you curious about the European Green Deal and the role citizens can play in shaping its future?

If so, we invite you to our interactive online session, "Developing a more Coherent and Inclusive Citizen Engagement: Guidance and Tools," brought to you by the REAL DEAL Project.

About this session:

Academics and researchers, civil society representatives, practitioners and other stakeholders are invited to join in an interactive webinar on deliberative democracy and effective citizen engagement in the context of the European Green Deal. This preparatory meeting will launch the development of the REAL DEAL Protocol, consisting of guidance and a toolkit for meaningful citizens’ participation and deliberation to work towards the objectives of the European Green Deal, and prepare the groundwork for the REAL DEAL Summit to be held in Budapest in June 2024.

The meeting will showcase the REAL DEAL project and its progress, link the project outcomes to EU policy development and European Green Deal targets and milestones, and foster collaboration to scope and shape the Guidance and Toolkit (Protocol) for citizen engagement that is one of the main outcomes of the REAL DEAL Project.

What to expect:

Over the course of two days, we'll dive into three interactive sessions to introduce you to the REAL DEAL Project, connect our outcomes to EU policy development and Green Deal targets, and lay the groundwork for our essential REAL DEAL "Protocol". This Protocol will provide guidance and a toolkit for meaningful citizen participation and deliberation.

The full agenda can be found here.

Session 1: Introduction and REAL DEAL Overview (November 15, 10:00-12:00 CET)

Join us for a deep dive into the REAL DEAL Project, its goals, and what we aim to achieve at the upcoming Summit.

Moderator: Stephen Stec, Central European University (CEU)

Speakers and panelists:

  • Esther Koopmanschap, Wageningen University and Research (WUR)
  • Pia-Johanna Schweizer, Research Institute for Sustainability (RIFS)
  • Hilmi Tekoglu, SOLIDAR
  • Jochen Krattenmacher, Global Climate Forum
  • Thomas Blanchet, Technical University Berlin
  • Else Giesbers, WUR
  • Rose Heffernan, Women Engaged for a Common Future (WECF)
  • Aine Sperrin, Trilateral Research
  • Ortwin Renn, RIFS

Session 2: Policy Development in the EU (November 15, 14:00-16:00 CET)

Explore the role of citizens in policy development, and get ready for a lively panel discussion.

Moderator: Ingeborg Niestroy, RIFS


  • Clara Dassonville, SOLIDAR
  • Gaetane Ricard-Nihoul, European Commission, Secretariat of the Conference on the Future of Europe
  • Ulrike Liebert, European University Institute
  • Angela Pereira, European Commission, JRC
  • Yves Mathieu, Missions Publiques
  • Laurence Graff, European Commission, DG CLIMA

Session 3: Scoping the REAL DEAL Protocol (November 16, 10:00-12:00 CET)

Be part of the process as we outline the elements of our Protocol and set co-creation milestones.

Moderator: Esther Koopmanschap, WUR


All the sessions will be held online. The joining details will be provided upon registration. 

How to register:

Please use the form in this page to register. 

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