The Shadow Report

The Shadow Report project is an initiative of civil society organisations from AT, DE, DK, HU, IT, PL, RO, SK and SI to prepare an implementation report on EU macro-regional policies from a citizens’ perspective.

THE INITIATIVE
‘An alternative positive voice. The Citizens’ Shadow Report’ is an initiative building on the potential of the relatively new EU policy-making framework, the macro-regional strategies (MRS). Civil society organisations from the four macro regions – the Baltic Sea, the Danube, the Adriatic-Ionian and the Alpine – will join forces to compile a shadow report parallel to the European Commission’s biennial report on the implementation of EU macro-regional strategies.

THE BACKGROUND
The Commission regularly releases its biennial report on the situation and implementation of EU macroregional strategies with a basically top-down orientation. The new report was published on 24 September 2020.

THE SHADOW REPORT
The core project idea is an innovation: prepare a shadow or alternative report by civil society organisations from the four macro-regions summarising their related experience and putting forward concrete proposals for increased citizens’ involvement in the future. This new experience brings together for the first time civil society organisations from the four macro-regions and the report is based on the findings of the four preparatory meetings in Copenhagen (Baltic Sea), Szentendre/Budapest (Danube), Palermo (Adriatic- Ionian), Ljubljana (Alpine).

The results will be summarised in the shadow report with a positive and pro-European orientation complementing with its bottom-up approach the top-down attitude of the Commission document. A win-win situation!

THE FOLLOW-UP
Our initiative will not come to an end by presenting the shadow report in Brussels as a response to the Commission paper. The novelty is a follow-up meeting during autumn 2021 in Vienna to have the first assessment of the progress made. The initiative clearly demonstrates the value added nature of citizens democratic and creative involvement in and contribution to EU-level policy shaping.

The project is co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.