Expert: The EU political agenda must be set by ordinary citizens

By |januar 3rd, 2018|citizen conventions, citizenship, democratic deficit, e-democracy, ECI, Emmanuel Macron, eu citizenship, News, parliamentary democracy, participatory democracy|

Arguing for an alternative vision of European cooperation, political scientist Richard Youngs told EURACTIV that an EU rethink must include new voices and involve a fully participative process of consultation, in line with what French President Emmanue...

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Conflicts of interest erode trust in food safety agency

By |junij 15th, 2017|carcinogens, ECI, EFSA, European Citizens Initiative, Food safety, glyphosate, News|

Close to half of the experts at the European Food Security Agency have conflicts of interest that call into question the validity of the agency’s work, according to a new study by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO). EURACTIV France reports.

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‘Stop TTIP’ petition is legitimate, top EU court rules

By |maj 11th, 2017|CETA, ECI, European Citizens Initiative, News, Stop TTIP|

Rejected by Brussels for its lack of a legal basis, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) calling for an end to the EU’s free trade negotiations with the US and Canada was yesterday (10 May) vindicated by the Court of Justice of the EU. EURACTIV France reports.

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Revising the ECI: How to make it ‘fit for purpose’

By |april 20th, 2017|ECI, European Citizens Initiative, Frans Timmermans, News, participatory democracy|

Following the high hopes for the European Citizens’ Initiative as a new instrument of participatory democracy, it has proven to be ineffective, largely unknown to citizens and neither user-friendly nor cost-effective, writes Assya Kavrakova. Assya Kavrakova is the director of the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS). Five years since the European Citizens’ Initiative came into […]

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Revising the ECI: How to make it ‘fit for purpose’

By |april 20th, 2017|ECI, European Citizens Initiative, Frans Timmermans, News, participatory democracy|

Following the high hopes for the European Citizens’ Initiative as a new instrument of participatory democracy, it has proven to be ineffective, largely unknown to citizens and neither user-friendly nor cost-effective, writes Assya Kavrakova. Assya Kavrakova is the director of the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS). Five years since the European Citizens’ Initiative came into […]

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Reformed ECI should make policymaking ‘more accessible’

By |april 18th, 2017|ECI, European Citizens Initiative, News|

Five years after its launch, the EU’s tool of participatory democracy has never really worked. But Brussels last week announced plans for an overhaul of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). EURACTIV France reports.

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