HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01 (Standing up for democracy)

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The EU-funded project “Creating an Inclusive European Citizens’ Assembly” addresses the need for the introduction of new forms of citizens’ participation and deliberation in EU political life and particularly, an EU Citizens’ Assembly whose design and implementation fully addresses issues of intersectionality, inclusiveness, and equality. While there has been an admirable appetite to improve the landscape of participatory and deliberative democratic mechanisms at the EU level, this has not always been accompanied by adequate considerations of how to build these mechanisms to ensure avoidance of intersectional discrimination and the exclusion of vulnerable groups of citizens. In fact, the concept of ‘intersectionality’ within EU law has presented difficulties even without bringing into the picture the context of citizens’ democratic participation.