Participatory democracy

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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
Politics 10-03-2020

Cosmocracy: European political parties at the forefront of global governance evolution?

The increasing failure of multilateralism to provide global solutions to global problems is alarming. Could the European political parties play a role in strengthening international rule-making? European political families have been the drivers of European integration for the past 60...
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Future EU 25-04-2018

Prospects for Europe – How to enhance European Democracy

On 11 April 2018, some 170 guests from politics, business and civil society attended the 9th Brussels Wednesday Social, hosted by METRO AG in cooperation with European Movement International (EMI) and EuroCommerce.
Commission Statement on events in Catalonia

Commission: Independent Catalonia ‘would find itself outside of EU’

The Commission called today Catalonia's independence referendum "illegal", while the Catalan government said Sunday's vote had given it the right to declare independence from Spain.
20-02-2017

Mike Pence arrives in Brussels, greeted by protestors

“Hands too small, can’t build a wall,” demonstrators chanted during US Vice-President Mike Pence’s meeting with EU leaders.
Global Europe 16-02-2017

Gates urges Trump not to defund foreign aid

Bill Gates spoke at the European Commission on Thursday (16 February) urging world leaders, including Donald Trump, not to defund foreign aid spending.
Global Europe 14-02-2017

Farage disparages Muslim immigration, says Europeans agree

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage expressed anger at the European Union in a heated debate this morning (14 February). Farage stated that leaders are ignoring the true wishes of Europeans.
Economic governance 13-02-2017

European Economic Forecast: Sunny with a chance of uncertainty

EU economies are expected to grow throughout 2018. The upturn is the first time in almost a decade that member states have collectively experienced positive growth.
Economy & Jobs 03-02-2017

Europe’s youth and the European Parliament

The economic burden of an ageing population will be carried by today's young Europeans. But are they equipped for the future? What can the European Parliament do to help?
Economy & Jobs 31-01-2017

Debate: Youth policy in the European Union

At a time of crisis across Europe, how can young people keep their faith in the European project?
Economy & Jobs 25-01-2017

Commission presents new measures to manage migration

Today (25 January), EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini presented a number of additional measures to strengthen refugee interception work along the Central Mediterranean migration route, including with Libya.
Tajani wins
Economy & Jobs 18-01-2017

Antonio Tajani: European Parliament’s new president

European People’s Party (EPP) candidate Antonio Tajani has been elected as the European Parliament's new president. Tajani won the election by a slim 69 vote margin. In his acceptance speech, he dedicated his win to citizens in need.
Global Europe 17-01-2017

European Parliament presidential candidates outline their hopes for change

Each candidate gave a short speech before the European Parliament presidential election began. They summarised their plans, emphasising the importance of change and transparency. The election continues into a third round, with a result due this evening (17 January).
Over a beer with Kathleen Van Brempt
Economy & Jobs 30-09-2016

Kathleen Van Brempt, rebel with a cause

In the first episode of a new video series called ‘Over a Beer’, EURACTIV's Brian Maguire chats with Kathleen Van Brempt, a Belgian socialist MEP who is chairperson of the 'Dieselgate' inquiry committee in the European parliament.
Economy & Jobs 14-09-2016

Letta: EU leaders must leave ‘business as usual’ at home before going to Bratislava

In Bratislava this week, EU heads of state and government should show clear resolve that they are departing from business as usual, and President of the Commission Jean Claude Juncker should raise the bar, said Enrico Letta in a Citizens’...
Nigel Farage
Future EU 14-09-2016

Brexit battlers Farage and Verhofstadt butt heads at State of the Union speech

The European Parliament's Brexit point man Guy Verhofstadt today (14 September) clashed with UKIP leader Nigel Farage at the debate after Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union speech.
Future EU 14-09-2016

Video: Juncker’s full 2016 ‘State of the Union’ address

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gave his annual "State of the European Union" address in the European Parliament at 9.00am in Strasbourg this morning (14 Wednesday). Watch the full video here.
Kader Sevinç
Global Europe 02-09-2016

Turkish opposition: ‘The EU’s weak reaction to the failed coup disappointed all Turks’

The failed coup attempt seems to have ended political polarisation in Turkey. Europe’s weak reaction was a big disappointment for all Turks, says Kader Sevinç, the EU representative of the country's largest opposition party, the secularist Republican Party of Turkey (CHP).
Economy & Jobs 26-08-2016

Is the European Commission too white?

The controversy over France's burkini ban - struck down by an administrative court today (26 August) - has thrown the spotlight on issues of diversity, integration and multiculturalism.
Federica Mogherini
Global Europe 18-07-2016

Mogherini on Turkey: ‘No country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty’

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini stressed on Monday (18 July) that “no country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty”, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday that the country should reintroduce capital punishment after last week’s attempted coup.

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