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It’s often claimed the EU is democratic because MEPs are elected and Council members are national representatives. However, insiders know that there are numerous other participants in the law-making process, and some are not as visible as others. There are lobbyists, who sometimes conceal the fact that they’re working on behalf of interest groups and… » read more

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As stated in the Agenda 21, children and youth have a right to participate in all decisions that will affect them. This is the case for most political decisions. So far there are only a few examples of full-scale youth participation in political decision-making processes in Europe. In most cases it is limited to “listening… » read more

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1 million voices petition

It is debated for years of the possibility to include a ‘one million voice’ democratic leverage in a Community Treaty. It means that a petition signed by one million people have to be treated as a direct expression coming from Civil Society. With currently 450 millions inhabitants sharing different views, we can imagine to put… » read more

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