In January, Glasgow held a citizens' panel on economic development in relation to the European Pillar of Social Rights and as part of our citizens' panel initiative. Following good practice presentations and discussions, participants came up with three recommendations.
The objective of the citizens' panel event was to provide residents with knowledge and facts on economic development and European policies. They heard from expert speakers, discussed ideas, created informed opinions and worked together to make recommendations for the future of Europe.
Small groups were asked to consider economic development from a range of specific perspectives such as the culture/creative industries and migration, as well as more general perspectives. Every group was also asked to ensure that recommendations contributed to 'inclusive growth'. All groups then voted on their top three priorities.
Some speakers were invited to take part in the event:
- Bernadette Monaghan, director of community empowerment services, Glasgow City Council
- Joe Brady, policy officer, Glasgow City Council
- Graeme Roy, professor, Fraser of Allander Institute, University of Strathclyde
- Councillor David McDonald, deputy leader, Glasgow City Council
- Evelyn O’Donnell, community engagement officer, Glasgow City Council
- Alex Byers, community engagement manager, Glasgow Life
- Dr Oliver Escobar, lecturer in public policy, University of Edinburgh and What Works Scotland
- Marie McLelland, economic development officer, Glasgow City Council
- Judith Hunter, principal officer for equalities, Glasgow City Council
- Duncan Booker, sustainable Glasgow manager, Glasgow City Council
- Alec Wersun, senior lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University
- Jamie Kerr, immigration law partner, Burness Paull
- Andy Sirrel, human rights lawyer, JustRight Scotland
- Jessica Watson, community engagement officer, Glasgow Centre for Population Health
The day's work and discussions resulted in three recommendations:
1. Education - lifelong learning to provide equal opportunities for everyone regardless of background, with emphasis on:
- funding for economically demanding skills (e.g. STEM: science, technology, engineering and maths)
- improving support packages for students (e.g. transport and childcare)
- taking education out of classrooms (e.g. community courses)
- keeping EU education initiatives beyond Brexit
2. Increased investment in public-led transportation systems: train lines, river, bus and underground.
3. Health - shift to preventing poor health while protecting vital parts of services that support health
These citizens' ideas, together with those from other citizens' consultations taking place across Europe until the end of February, will be presented at the second mayors summit on the future of Europe on 20 and 21 March 2019.
As part of the mayors summit, which will take place two months ahead of the European Parliament elections in the presence of more than 100 city politicians, EUROCITIES and the European Commission will present the panel results to national and European political leaders.