with Catherine Stewart
The 2017 edition of Unlecture was co-promoted by Loyal Advisory, IAPMEI, INESC TEC and EEN (Enterprise Europe Network).
Policy should be Citizen Centric, but citizens are not yet in the centre of Policy Making.
If in democratic regimes, citizens are nominally the centre of Politics – through their activism and their vote – they are, however, away from political decision-making. In the 21st century, citizens are creating civil movements with a real force for public policy. The rise of social networks means that the everyday citizen has stage and ability to express their views. And, however, citizens still don’t take active role in policy-making.
“Making the European Union more democratic and transparent is one of the priorities of the Juncker Commission. It is against this background that the European citizens’ initiative is particularly important since it gives them the opportunity to express their concerns in a very concrete way and to influence the European political and legislative agenda.”
in Guide to the European citizens’ initiative.
How can the European citizens’ initiative or similar actions inspire countries to place citizens and SMEs concerns and expectations at the heart of policy design? What role should technology and innovation play to support and enhance citizen and SME-centric policies? These are some of the questions that were discussed.
Catherine Stewart is a EU public affairs professional with 30 years’ experience of advising on EU public policy and legislation through stakeholder engagement, advocacy and coalition building. She established a highly-regarded consultancy Cabinet Stewart with offices in London, Brussels and Washington DC and co-founded the Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP) to establish ethical standards and codes of conduct for “lobbying”.
Having successfully sold her consultancy to Interel Consulting where she held the Chairmanship of European and International Affairs, Catherine is now a Senior Advisor to Interel on EU affairs, a partner at Jericho Chambers in London and holds a variety of Non-Executive and pro bono Board positions related to education, women’s professional development and entrepreneurship. She studied Economics at Cambridge University.