For the third time in autumn 2021, randomly selected citizens from East Belgium were invited to discuss a topic and make recommendations to politicians. The topic of the new round was "affordable and sustainable housing".
The Permanent Secretariat of the Citizens' Dialogue had sent out 1,000 invitations for the Citizens' Assembly, which dealt with the topic from 30 October to 18 December 2021. From the citizens interested in participating, a group was put together that was a reflection of the population according to criteria such as age, gender, place of residence and socio-economic background (occupation, level of education, family composition, etc.).
Population could suggest topics
In the spring of 2021, the population was called upon to propose and choose new topics for the citizens' assembly. From the numerous suggestions, the citizens' council, which prepares the citizens' assemblies, had determined a topic for discussion. The third round of the citizens' dialogue in East Belgium deals with the question "Housing for all! How can politics create sustainable and affordable housing for all?"
The most important part of the Citizens' Dialogue in East Belgium is the Citizens' Assembly: it discusses issues and makes recommendations to policy-makers. It is composed of 25 to 50 citizens who are chosen by lot.
Randomly selected people organise the process
The citizens' council organises the citizens' assembly and monitors the implementation of the assembly's recommendations by the politicians. It is composed of 24 citizens who have previously participated in a citizens' assembly.
The Permanent Secretariat of the Citizens' Dialogue consists of a staff member of the parliamentary administration. It oversees the entire citizens' dialogue.
Recommendations of the second Citizens' Assembly in the process of implementation
In May 2021, the second Citizens' Assembly presented its recommendations on the topic of "Inklusion macht Schule!". The committees in the Parliament of the German-speaking Community in East Belgium are currently dealing with the recommendations.