Participatory democracy

Global Europe 10-05-2022

Thirty-one years after communism, Albanians demand democratic reform

A new report by the Albanian Insitute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) says the electorate wants more democratic progress in the EU candidate country, considered a hybrid, or only partly democratic, regime according to Freedom House.
04-05-2022

The Scottish take on participatory budgeting

In 2017, Scottish councils agreed to spend 1% of their budgets through participatory budgeting (PB). But how does the process work in Scotland and what are the obstacles authorities and communities face when they carry it out? As part of...
01-04-2022

Should European citizens dictate the bloc’s budget?

MEPs and experts propose to scale up a city-level tool allowing citizens to decide how to spend a part of the municipal resources and let Europeans shape the EU budget expenditure.
31-03-2022

Weak participatory tools hinder citizens’ attempts to shape EU policies

The EU’s attempts to encourage citizens’ engagement through participatory tools has made little impact due to the lack of information and clear follow-up, experts say.
30-03-2022

Politicians ready to hear citizens’ ideas but roles need to be clearly defined

Giving citizens a say in decision-making beyond elections can help the leadership make better decisions, but sharing power requires a clear division of roles, politicians and experts have said. Citizen participation has increased rapidly in recent years and at all...
29-03-2022

Irish mayor: the challenge of integrating youth in public participation networks

Forms of deliberative democracy, such as public participation networks, can support traditional politics - but integrating young people into the process remains a challenge, Gillian Coughlan, mayor of Cork County in Ireland, said in an interview with EURACTIV.
28-03-2022

Ensuring participatory democracy without abdicating responsibility

While participatory democracy sounds like an important goal to many, it also raises questions of responsibility, accountability, power and trust, according to a panel on citizen engagement. 
28-03-2022

Whose democracy? The tumultuous road to effective civic participation

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Consulting citizens on decisions that affect them, such as deciding how to spend money more often than not collected from their wallets, is seen as a way to increase trust and accountability at all levels of government. But how can...
28-02-2022

The Dutch and participatory budgeting: citizens have their say

Out of every region in the word, cities in Europe engage in the largest share of participatory budgeting, a process that allows citizens to weigh in on municipal budget expenditure and propose initiatives for their cities or neighborhoods. City leaders...
13-01-2022

Participatory budgeting: Europe’s bet to increase trust in government

Participatory budgeting (PB) - the shared decision between city leaders and inhabitants on spending a part of the municipal budget - is becoming an increasingly popular democratic tool in Europe.
21-12-2021

Participatory budgeting explained

Participatory budgeting, the shared decision between local government and citizens on how to spend a part of the municipal budget, is becoming increasingly popular across the bloc.
16-11-2021

Cities’ empowerment initiatives risk being ‘paper exercises’, experts warn

Projects meant to give power to EU city dwellers risk being reduced to a 'box-ticking' exercise unless municipal leaders can convince as many of their constituents as possible to participate.
15-11-2021

Boosting citizen engagement might not be enough to save democracy

To fight democratic backsliding and strengthen local democracy, cities have developed creative tools to boost citizen engagement, such as participatory budgeting and regional consultations. These forms of public participation are meant to bring democracy closer to citizens, giving them a...
12-11-2021

Digital divide hinders European citizens’ voice in local matters

European cities are using online tools to engage their inhabitants, but a lack of digital skills and access could amplify existing inequalities.
10-11-2021

Participatory budgeting: hype or democratic panacea?

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European cities are increasingly giving their inhabitants a voice on local matters by asking urbanites how to spend municipal budgets and engaging them on innovative platforms. Local leaders believe engaging citizens can strengthen democracy and speed up Europe’s green transition,...
10-11-2021

When asked urban europeans call for greener cities

Lorsqu’ils sont interrogés par les dirigeants sur ce qu’ils souhaitent pour leurs villes, les Européens vivant en ville placent la transition environnementale, les infrastructures durables et les espaces publics verts en tête de leurs priorités.
Politics 29-09-2021

Youth organisations want ‘more than just a seat in the room’ in talks on Europe’s future

European youth should participate in political discussions, specifically on reforming democratic processes and not just on traditional topics like education, European Youth Forum President Silja Markkula told EURACTIV.
14-09-2021

DEMOTEC – Democratising Territorial Cohesion: Experimenting with deliberative citizen engagement and participatory budgeting in European regional and urban policies

DEMOTEC investigate the role of participatory budgeting in fostering greater and more informed citizen participation in policy-making.
13-09-2021

German elections as opportunity for a new beginning in Europe

For years, Berlin has at best administered, mostly stonewalled, when it came to European policy. It is now time for a German government that will throw its full weight behind an active European policy, writes Jamila Schäfer.
10-09-2021

Slovenia: Future of Europe debate should focus on resilience

After the successive crises over two decades, a core issue for the Conference on the Future of Europe should be how to ensure the resilience of the EU and put policies in favour of European citizens first, Slovenia's State Secretary Gašper Dovžan told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 31-08-2021

Uzbekistan celebrates 30th anniversary of independence hoping for new ‘Renaissance’

Uzbekistan is celebrating on Wednesday (1 September) the 30th anniversary from its independence from the Soviet Union, as a milestone in its nation building, while it is looking forward to the next stage of its development called “Third Renaissance”.
Future EU 02-08-2021

Empty words and slogans will not decarbonise Europe

Empty words and slogans will not decarbonise Europe. The EU's leaders must stop paying lipservice to the climate emergency, writes Helena Marschall.
Agrifood 30-06-2021

Commission backs ban on cages in farming in ‘historic’ move for animal welfare

The European Commission has committed to working towards a ban on cages for farmed animals in what is being hailed as an historic move for animal welfare after a citizens initiative amassed more than one million signatures from across Europe.

UK will not extend settlement scheme deadline for EU nationals

EU nationals living in the UK have a week until a 30 June deadline to apply for settled status, after officials confirmed that the cut-off date would not be extended.

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