Do you care about evidence? Do you want EU politicians to use evidence when they make decisions? Then read on and get involved in the Evidence Matters EU campaign.
On the 21st of June, citizens are going to the European Parliament to tell its members and European Commissioners that evidence matters to the public.
The message is simple:
- We expect the European Commission to use evidence when making policy.
- We expect European Commissioners to explain their reasoning.
- We expect the European Parliament to seek and to scrutinise reasoning behind policies.
During the event, 5 citizens from across the EU will each speak for one minute about why evidence matters to them, on issues ranging from teaching to fishing and agriculture policy.
A cross-party group of MEPs will reply on behalf of the Parliament and the European Commissioner for research, science and innovation Carlos Moedas will also be there to respond to the citizens’ call. A citizen-led review to monitor the ‘best and worst’ of MEPs' use of evidence over the next 12 months will also be announced.
This event is hosted by Marco Affronte MEP, Julie Girling MEP, Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP and Jan Huitema MEP, a cross-party coalition who wants to give citizens a voice.
How can you help?
- Join the event and tell your MEPs why you care about evidence. Get in touch to reserve a space.
- Tell your local MEPs to attend the event and make a commitment to seek and scrutinise reasoning behind EU policies. (Find out who your MEPs are.)
- Take a few minutes to explain why evidence matters to you and your communities. Your stories will be shared at the event.
- Help spread the word and send this note to your networks, or promote the event on social media.