Programme Kick off event #CR73 in Louvain-la-Neuve, 1-2 July 2017 (EN)

Saturday, July 1st

Programme – This event is held in English and French with simultaneous translation

Saturday, July 1stSunday, July 2nd

Venue: Université Catholique de Louvain – Agora, Auditoire 12 – Place Agora 19 – 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

12.00 – 14.00 -> Registration (room dispatch, badging, presentation of the place and programme…)

14.00 – 14.45 -> Opening session (plenary)

  • Welcome speech: Cédric du Monceau (BE), Alderman City of Ottignies
  • Best wishes of success to #CitizensRoute73, video by Brando Benifei (MEP, IT)
  • Opening: Why Route73 “Horizon 2019 European Election” – Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero (IT), Secretary General of the Union of European Federalists Belgium
  • Introductory speech by Marie-Hélène Caillol, President Franck Biancheri Network & co-founder of iCAN – Team and partners presentation.
  • A memorial moment, with Matthieu Widart at the cello

geta gramaModerator: Georgeta Grama-Moldovan (RO)

14.45 – 16.45 -> Political panel: « Changing Europe, yes! But what for? » (plenary)

Our debators will take part in an exercice of political debate like in our national democracies in which they will confront their points of view and try to provide answers to questions that matter to Europeans.

» Manifestos

» First Citizen intermission: Citizens’ remarks on the differences between making politics at national level and making politics at European level

» Seven burning issues:

  • Euro crisis: Exiting, reforming or democratically governing the euro ?
  • Economy : Based on which economic model can Europe bounce back
  • Taxation: What common taxation can best serve shared prosperity in Europe?
  • Environment : How can Europe become a global leader in « sustainable economic model and techniques » again?
  • Frontiers : Europe up to where ? And what kind of limits?
  • Foreign relations: How can Europe become a global player in a world at peace again?
  • Political innovation: What type of democracy for a 21st century Europe ?

» Second Citizen intermission: speed-voting on the debators’ 18 most important proposals

» “Carte blanche” and concluding remarks

jo-sullivan-180Moderator: Jo Sullivan (IR/UK)

16.45 – 17.00 -> Break

17.00 – 18.30 -> Intellectuals and activists Panel: « Changing Europe, yes! But how? » (plenary)

Guillaume Sacriste (FR), Armel Prieur (FR), Bjarni Snæbjörnn Jónsson (IS), Jean-Claude Garot (BE), Richard Laub (BE), Julia Moniri (DE), Karim Elkholi (FR), Matteo Guidi (IT), Antonis Triantafyllakis (GR), Philippe Micaelli (FR)

Our panelists will exchange on the tools required to create the conditions of emergence of a common European public debate, namely:17h00 – 17h45 – Discussing:

  • The Eurozone as the launchpad of a democratic Europe, Guillaume Sacriste (FR), Pour un Traité de démocratisation de l’Europe
  • Creating the conditions of emergence of a large-scale debate prone to training to European citizenship Armel Prieur (FR), Processus Instituant Citoyen pour l’Europe
  • Establishing participatory decision-making mechanismsBjarni Snæbjörnn Jónsson (IS), Processus Délibératif Constituant
  • Modus operandi of monothematic political action at European level – the anti-CETA campaign, Jean-Claude Garot (BE), STOP CETA campaign

17h45 – 18h30 – Get organised:

  • Inventing actions of citizen mobilisation, Richard Laub (BE), Stand Up for Europe
  • Combining European cultural happenings and political dimension, Karim Elkholi (FR) Erasmus Students Festival
  • Filling the European level’s media vacuumMatteo Guidi (IT) Eyes on Europe
  • Lauching the 1st online trans-European electoral experience halfway to 2019, Antonis Triantafyllakis (GR), « Elect George »
  • Setting up the online tools to connect European citizens together, Philippe Micaelli (FR), Le Comité

anna gumbau180Moderator: Anna Gumbau (ES)

18.30 – 20.30 -> iCAN European night

A festive moment for interconnecting participants and organisations, including:

  • Eur’Apero : European “aperitif” with specialities you bring!
  • Market Place of Ideas : Who is doing what? A fair where all those who are part of a European initiative can present their activities;
  • Speakers’ corner: Tell your thought and be filmed!


Coordinated by Camille Dufresne (DE), iCAN network 

20.30 – 00.00 ->Dinner “Food Truck Festival” and more, dancing etc …

Sunday, July 2nd

This event is hold in English and French with simultaneous translation during the plenaries / French or English during the workshops and working groups

8.30 – 9.00 -> Welcome Café

Participants who are housed by the university are reminded that a breakfast is served at 08:00, and that rooms must be vacated by 8:30.

9.00 – 9.30 -> Collective Interview (plenary): Creating a political movement: the specific difficulties of the trans-European dimension

with Thomas Kusch (DE) -Newropeans2009, Marianne Ranke-Cormier (AT/FR) -IDE1989, Adrian Taylor (UK) -iCAN, Pedrojuán Rodriguez Gironés (ES) -DiEM25, Yves Gernigon (FR) -European Federalist Party

9.30 – 11.00 -> Let’s get organised! Workshop “Political projects to fuel a common European public debate”

11.00– 11.30 -> Pause

11.30 – 13.00 – Let’s get organised! Working group “Citizen projects for the emergence of a common European public debate”

  1.  « Elect Georges 2018 », first citizens trans-european electoral online experience : a milestone for 2019 – facilitated by Régis Jamin (FR) (, Antonis Triantafyllakis (GR) – Room 14
  2. « EU Democratisation Citizen online Platform », connect citizens citizens in a way that generates ideas, figures and trans-European parties – facilitated by Philippe Micaelli (FR), «Le Comité», Bjarni Snæbjörn Jónsson (IS), Hélène Decottigny (Eyes on Europe) – Room 4
  3. « youtube channel » and the issues of trans-european media to carry out a common european public debate – facilitated by Marianne Ranke-Cormier (AT), Luisa Sigl (DE), Ricardo Mendes (ES), Ian Clotworthy (IE) – Room 3
  4. « European Festival Mobile Tribunes »,Culture in the service of meeting new European political figures with European citizensfacilitated by Karim Elkholy (FR), Alexander Franck (US) -European Horizon, Camille Dufresne (DE) – Room 2
  5. « Route73 lobby group », help increasing political and institutional support for the idea of a trans-European election facilitated by Adrian Taylor (UK), Jo Sullivan (IR/UK), Sergio Ghizzardi (BE) – Room 1
  6. Strategy #CitizensRoute73: Fiancial strategy, steering committee, general organisation – facilitated by Marie-Hélène Caillol (FR), Richard Laub (BE), Cédric du Monceau (BE), Bàlint Gyévai (HU), Claire Mc Connell (UK)- Room 13

13.00 – 14.30 -> Lunch « Food truck festival »

Photo-booth “Citizens at work on Route73” organised by Camille Dufresne (DE)

14.30 – 16.30 -> Closing ceremony (plenary):chaired by Marie-Hélène Caillol and Adrian Taylor

  • Presentation of the outcome of the “party-workshops” (main ideas for a programme for Europe, teams, agenda, methodolgy and strategies…)
  • Presentation of the outcome of the “tool-working groups”: Route73 map
  • Debate on Route73 map
  • Presentation, debate and signing of the “Declaration of Common Commitment”
  • Call for volunteers for the steering committee #CitizensRoute73
  • Call for candidates of the board of the steering committee #CitizensRoute73
  • Election of 5 board members of the steering committee #CitizensRoute73
  • Closing speeches (participants and partners)