The First Citizens' Assembly in Wales Meets in Newtown
On 19-21 July, 60 people from across the country will gather to take part in Wales' first Citizens' Assembly.
Participants were invited from 10,000 randomly selected address and the 60 selected accurately represent Wales's population aged 16 and over. Over the weekend they will gather in Gregynog Hall in Newtown to discuss 'how can people in Wales shape their future?'
Those taking part will be given the opportunity to hear expert evidence and examine examples from other countries of how people can have a greater say in the democratic process. They will explore and suggest new and improved ways that citizens might be able to do this through the work of the National Assembly for Wales and will be expected to make a series of recommendations.
In the autumn, the National Assembly Commission will publish a report with the conclusions of the Citizens' Assembly and will use their recommendations to inform its work. The Assembly Commission will also respond at a public meeting in September 2019.
The Citizen's Assembly is an important part of the National Assembly's 20 years of devolution programme which looks at the future direction of democracy in Wales.