Three years ago EU member states agreed upon an unprecedented mechanism that would allow a more active citizen engagement on the supranational level. As a linkage between citizens and European legislation, the Citizens’ Initiative aims at reviving public debate and a greater involvement in European politics. This is why today we are celebrating European Citizens’ Initiative Day.
However, the Citizens’ Initiative and other forms of participation in the framework of Civil Society Organizations on EU level have been confronted with a wide range of criticism. Alice Vadrot, research director at NEOS lab, discusses in her paper various recommendations on how to enhance the efficiency and overcome legal and technical obstacles of existing procedures.
You can read her paper here: Vadrot – Strengthening European Civic Society
About the Ralf Dahrendorf Taskforce:
The Ralf Dahrendorf Taskforce on the Future of the European Union provides a platform for ELF member organisations to discuss liberal proposals for the reform of the EU institutions and the future of the European integration process. The recommendations produced by working groups will be gathered in a publication presenting liberal recommendations for the future of the EU.
The work of the Taskforce is structured in four working groups:
- WG I: Reform of the EU institutions – re-Democratisation of the EU
- WG II: Foreign, Security and Defence – strong cooperation for a stronger Europe in the world
- WG III: Protecting civil liberties – a liberal footprint for Europe
- WG IV: Financial and economic crisis – liberal solutions for a Europe that work
Find the previous publications of our Dahrendorf Taskforce series here:
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