About: direct democracy

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.

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...

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.
Non-discrimination 15-01-2021

Commission rejects call for new laws protecting national minorities

The European Commission said on Friday (15 January) that it would not propose new laws in response to a petition demanding a protection package for national minorities that garnered 1.1 million signatures across the EU.
Future EU 14-01-2020

Guy Verhofstadt ready to chair citizen consultations on Europe’s future

From May onwards, hundreds of EU citizens will be invited to reflect on Europe's future at a conference that will debate European policy priorities in an attempt to introduce direct democracy in EU decision-making. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 18-02-2019

The Five Star Movement’s attempt to create a European Parliament group

Leaders of 5 parties from Italy, Poland, Croatia, Finland and Greece met in Rome last week to sign an electoral manifesto. Piotr Kaczyński has followed the event and offers his impressions and comments.

Syriza vows to abolish lawmakers’ immunity, hold more referendums

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras yesterday (25 July) called for the abolition of parliamentary immunity for lawmakers and for more referendums to boost direct democracy.