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[Film] Is a new, more participatory democracy possible?

(B2) Can participatory democracy exist? It is around this idea that this captivating 52 minutes is built.

In fact, it all started one spring morning, when several Brussels residents discovered the following letter in their mailbox: “ You have been drawn to answer this question: How do we want 5G to be implemented in the Brussels-Capital Region? ". They will be 45 to come and sit in the Brussels parliament.

For the first time in modern political history, citizens and parliamentarians are invited to work together, around the same table, in order to draft proposals intended for the government.

Everyone then immerses themselves in a unique social project: the first citizen deliberative commission in Belgium. Fadhela, the kitchen helper, Jean-François, the cabinetmaker, and Eloise, a high school student... All brilliant, passionate, they carry the documentary, through their questions, their desires.

Will these deliberative commissions put the citizen at the center of the debates? Or are they just window dressing? Will they bring new life to our democracy? Or are they only interested in the secondary aspect of the subjects, leaving citizens to resolve the details… Vast questions.

Is a real political laboratory emerging that could inspire the rest of Europe? This participatory formula is difficult to practice, especially in the tangle of skills which characterizes the Brussels region (and Belgium). It may seem limited in its exercise, artificial. But as the minutes pass, a real source of optimism reveals itself. Democracy undoubtedly deserves to be regenerated. In any case, this is the motto of the two directors, Eric D'Agostino and Jérôme Van Grunderbeeck.

Live For Ideas, towards a new democracy? can be seen on RTBF the Three this Monday, May 22 at 21:25 p.m.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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