June 26, 2009
The European Union has almost 500 million inhabitants and 23 official languages. If the question of civic participation is complex at the local, regional or national level it is even more so at the European level. Involving citizens more in the decision-making process of the European Union: is it desirable? Is it feasible? Yes, and even necessary!
European democracy is facing important challenges. Essential among them is the questioning of the roles, powers, and functioning of the European institutions. Other challenges are linked to the power of lobbies. Others still invoke the principle of subsidiarity, which begs the question: “Do we want more or less of Europe?”. In this proposition, we concentrate on a few key challenges: first, turning Europe into product of a common dream; second, daring to invest in democracy; and third, creating a real European public space.
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Post written by Tanguy Vanloqueren and Benoit Derenne, program manager and director at the Foundation for Future Generations (www.fgf.be), and Coordinator of the Panel of European Citizens (www.citizenspanel.eu)Author : Challenge for Europe