On 21st June 2017 over a hundred citizens from across Europe went to the European parliament. 16 of them spoke on why evidence matters to them, and MEPs responded.
Carlos Moedas, European commissioner for research, science and innovation responded to the citizens on behalf of the commission along with six MEPs including Eva Kaili, MEP and Mairead McGuinness, MEP.
The citizens who came to parliament on 21st want to make sure that all parliamentarians know how much evidence matters – to the citizens they represent, and to their colleagues. We’ve asked the MEPs and parliamentarians who were at the event how they will help us get their colleagues on board. We’ve also announced a citizen-led review to monitor the ‘best and worst’ of MEPs responses over the next 12 months.
If you already spoke to your MEP, please let us know and – importantly – thank them for getting involved. Send them the stories from the day. And if they agree that evidence in policy matters, ask: will they talk to their colleagues about it?
If you haven’t written to your MEP, you can find their contact details here: www.europarl.europa.eu/
“While we aspire to make more and better use of science internally, I am glad that there are initiatives like ‘Sense about Science’ which are fighting for evidence-based policy making from the outside and doing so by facilitating the direct involvement of citizens.” – Frans Timmermans, European commission first vice president
“I’m very happy that you’ve come because you are telling me exactly what I’m fighting everyday, telling my colleagues that they cannot take any decision without that evidence.” – Carlos Moedas, European commissioner for research, science and innovation
This event was hosted by a cross-party group of MEPs: Marco Affronte MEP, Julie Girling MEP, Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP and Jan Huitema MEP.
Thank you to the following organisations for their support of this event:
Published: 4 May 2017, updated 22 June 2017