‘Planning the world seven years in advance is absurd’, says EP vice-president

By |april 3rd, 2019|citizen consultations, European Parliament, European Parliament elections 2019, fair taxation, Germany, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News, populism|

Rising populism and anti-EU sentiment mean the May elections are being portrayed as a “fateful election for Europe”. EURACTIV Germany spoke to Rainer Wieland from the German Christian Democrat Union (CDU) about populists, fair taxes, ‘gilets jaunes’ and citizen consultations.

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France’s ‘great national debate’: Taxes, public services, environment and democracy

By |januar 14th, 2019|"great national debate", Chantal Jouanno, citizen consultations, Elysée Treaty, Emmanuel Macron, gilets jaunes, grand débat national, News, yellow vests|

The French president wants to hold a “great national debate” by mid-March in an attempt to find a way out of the ‘yellow vest’ crisis. The head of state has revealed the debate’s main topics in a letter addressed to the French people. EURACTIV France reports.

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Citizens’ consultations: France dreaming of ecological Europe

By |december 10th, 2018|citizen consultations, European Council, News|

The European Council between 13-14 December will focus on the findings of the citizens’ consultations. French people dream of having a more ecological and more socially just Europe, where there is greater citizen participation. Can the EU meet their expectations? EURACTIV France reports.

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Time to take stock of EU citizen consultations

By |november 13th, 2018|2019 European elections, Christine Revault d'Allonnes-Bonnefoy, citizen consultations, Commission des affaires européennes, national assembly, News, Pascal Durand|

The European Council will consider in December the outcomes of the citizen consultations. However, some MEPs are already calling for the EU not to stop at this experiment. EURACTIV France reports.

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Energy, EU reform on the agenda as Macron heads to Spain and Portugal

By |julij 26th, 2018|Antonio Costa, citizen consultations, Electricity, Emmanuel Macron, energy islands, eurozone budget, France, Gas, MIDCAT pipeline, News, Pedro Sanchez, Portugal, refugee crisis, Spain|

France's Emmanuel Macron makes his first visit as president to Spain and Portugal, starting Thursday, in his push to overhaul the EU, with the two southern allies seeking French help to connect their energy grids to Europe.

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Inspiring new forms of debate to boost participatory democracy in Europe

By |april 18th, 2018|citizen consultations, Democracy, European Economic and Social Committee, European Parliament, News, youth|

The new president of the European Economic and Social Committee, Luca Jahier, intends to promote a new culture of dialogue around sustainable development, culture, peace and youth, in order to bring citizens closer to the European project.

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The empty taste of Macron’s citizens’ consultations

By |april 11th, 2018|citizen consultations, Croatia, Emmanuel Macron, France, News, transparency|

Much ado about nothing. This is how we could sum up one of President Macron’s first citizens’ consultations, held in Croatia, writes Mario Munta.

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Poland defends a Europe of states

By |april 9th, 2018|citizen consultations, Emmanuel Macron, EU federations, European Commission, European integration, European Union, freedom of movement, IFRI, Jacek Czaputowicz, News, Poland, posted workers|

Poland's foreign minister has called for strengthening the role of states and national parliaments in the European decision-making process and moving away from the federalist model. EURACTIV.fr reports.

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How to turn citizens’ consultations into a success

By |marec 2nd, 2018|citizen consultations, citizen conventions, civil society, EESC, Emmanuel Macron, European Citizens Initiative, News|

Four conditions should be met if we want to make citizens' consultations a success and avoid turning the greatly anticipated initiative launched by France's President Emmanuel Macron and backed by 26 countries into a boomerang, which would irremediably...

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Slovak state secretary: I am a strong advocate for a communitarian EU

By |marec 1st, 2018|citizen consultations, EU budget, EU reform, European Commission, European Council, European Parliament, Ivan Korcok, News, Slovakia, Visegrad 4|

A push towards more intergovernmental decision making in the EU has never been a topic of discussion in the Visegrad format, state secretary for European affairs Ivan Korčok told EURACTIV Slovakia.

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