About: participatory democracy

Future EU 03-01-2018

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

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 Emmanuel Macron has proposed in recent months. In his new book he shows how that can be achieved.
Politics 20-04-2017

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

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.

Smart cities and urban laboratories

The Smart City World Congress provides a platform for innovators to meet with people who can implement their ideas. This year's edition is promoting projects that solve everyday problems. EURACTIV's partner El País - Planeta Futuro reports.
Filippo Addarii
Languages & Culture 06-01-2015

Storytelling is part of the European Commission’s job

The Commission can make better use of art, technology and storytelling if it wants people to get interested, writes Filippo Addarii.
András Baneth, managing director, Public Affairs Council
Digital 18-06-2014

Why EU digital advocacy is more than social media

Engaging an audience around a message is now the rule, not the exception, in EU public affairs. Digital advocacy is here to stay, writes András Baneth.
Young voter
EU Elections 2014 26-05-2014

Slightly higher election turnout averted a ‘big disaster’

Against all odds, Europeans have averted yet another decline in voter turnout in the European Parliament elections, which remained stable at 43.1%.
Digital 04-11-2013

European Citizens’ Initiative: One year of challenges

A year of pushing for the first-ever European Citizens' Initiative to get a million signatures has taught the organisers some lessons: e-democracy is a wonderful tool to close the gap between EU citizens and institutions, but technical barriers and a lack of trust have hindered its use, writes Simona Pronckuté.

Third successful citizens’ petition calls for end to animal testing

A European Citizens’ Initiative urging the European Commission to draft legislation against medical experimentation on animals reached the threshold of one million signatures, making it the third citizens’ petition to meet the 1 November filing deadline.
Elections 17-09-2013

New technologies are key to foster EU transparency and participation

The EU should make better use of new technologies to improve its democratic decision making, transparency and participation. This is key in an election year, at a time when the sense of trust among citizens in its institutions is at an all-time low, writes Marietje Schaake.
Future EU 27-01-2012

Commission fleshes out working of citizens’ initiative

The European Commission unveiled a new website yesterday (26 January) for the European Citizens' Initiative and detailed the procedure for their acceptance. 
EU Priorities 2020 26-01-2012

Citizens’ Initiative: Trust collective wisdom

The European Union will soon launch the European Citizens' Initiative, a new tool to enhance participatory democracy and dialogue between the EU institutions and citizens. Staffan Nilsson, president of the European Economic and Social Committee, is confident that the instrument will empower Europeans to deliver collective wisdom.
Future EU 30-11-2011

Gross: Citizens’ initiative is a ‘weak’ democratic tool

The European citizens' initiative, one of the main innovations of the Lisbon Treaty to engage the citizens of Europe, is too weak to bridge the democratic gap as it preserves the the legislative monopoly of the European Commission, Switzerland’s leading expert on direct democracy said in an interview with EURACTIV.
Elections 16-07-2010

Turkish opposition bids to lower ‘unfair’ election threshold

The leader of Turkey's main opposition party, Kemal K?l?çdaro?lu, is attempting to lower the country's election threshold in parliament, which is the highest in Europe, ahead of a general election next year. EURACTIV Turkey contributed to this article.
Public Affairs 12-11-2009

EU’s first attempt to frame citizens’ initiative

The European Commission launched a consultation yesterday (11 November), calling for advice on how to implement the citizens' initiative, one of the key democratic innovations of the Lisbon Treaty.
Public Affairs 26-08-2009

EU Communication Policy

Communicating with EU citizens has long been a primary concern of the European Commission, with the need to boost popular trust in the European project becoming more important following the rejection of the EU constitution by French and Dutch voters and more recently rejection of the Lisbon Treaty by the Irish.
EU Priorities 2020 26-05-2009

Voter survey head: EU politics ‘in danger’

The future of European politics is bleak unless politicians make an effort to change their blighted image and show more leadership, Dr. Ulrich Reinnhardt, CEO of the Stiftung für Zukunftsfragen (Foundation for Future Studies), a German think-tank, told EURACTIV in an interview. The foundation has released a comprehensive survey of European voters ahead of the June European elections.
Digital 12-11-2008

’Collective intelligence’ tool enters European Parliament

Interactive tools have made their way into the European Parliament for the first time, facilitating large-scale deliberation during a high-level conference on climate change yesterday (11 November).
Public Affairs 11-10-2007

The flaws in Europe’s democracy

In an article published in the autumn 2007 issue of Europe's World, Jerzy Baczynski looks at the reality of democracy in the EU's new member states and addresses the 'democratic deficit' issue.
EU Priorities 2020 27-09-2007

Deliberative democracy can help EU address democratic deficit

Consulting elites offers deliberation but without political equality, whereas consulting the people offers political equality but without deliberation, writes James Fishkin of Stanford University for the Tomorrow's Europe project.
Med & South 29-08-2007

Lessons in democracy for Ukraine

The democratic transformations that Ukraine is going through are not unique - other countries that are now democracies had similar problems, observes a July 30 paper from the International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS).
Public Affairs 15-09-2004

NGOs assess relationship with EU institutions

NGO representatives from across the EU have assessed the efforts made by the EU institutions to hear their views when making policy.