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The Peer Parliaments go local: How to adapt the format to cities

A guidance document for cities with all considerations needed when adapting the Peer Parliament´s format to a local context.


Publication date
1 August 2022
Directorate-General for Climate Action


From November 2021 to March 2022, European citizens conducted a total of 461 Peer Parliaments across 26 EU Member States. Small groups of 5-10 individuals brainstormed ideas and solutions for some of Europe’s biggest climate and environmental questions, all from the comfort of their own homes, as well as from workplaces and classrooms across the continent.

Peer Parliaments can be adapted to any political context. The key elements, however, should stay the same, so that the format remains recognizable

  1. A political authority invites small groups of people to discuss a political question or topic in a standardized approach.
  2. Hosts are recruited who are willing to invite their peers and moderate the debate (principle of self-organization).
  3. The groups report back their discussion outputs to the political authority.

The Guidance document provides an overview for cities of what needs to be considered for a successful adaptation of the Peer Parliament format at local level.

More information and resources in all EU languages can be found on the Peer Parliaments subpage and in the resource section of the Climate Pact website.


1 AUGUST 2022
Peer Parliaments go local: How to adapt the format to cities
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