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Future EU 27-03-2019

Citizens’ expectations for Europe focus on climate and social issues

The common expectations of Europeans are actually far from the divisions fuelled by politicians. This was highlighted by the WeEuropeans initiative, which managed to mobilise 2 million people and generate 30,000 proposals. EURACTIV France reports.

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.
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%.

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.
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. 
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.
Digital & Media 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 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.