60 Ideas for Europe

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Compacts* are applicable to the European Union because they can easily be replicated at different geographical levels and apply not just to policies where citizens should be organized at European level but also to cohesion instruments for social and regional policy where their voice should be heard more at the level of Member States and… » read more

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With the Lisbon Treaty the status of the Charter finally becomes a legally binding document, which means that citizens may invoke it before national courts. The rights to good administration, effective remedy and fair trial can help encourage speedier and more efficient extrajudicial and judicial remedies for breaches of EU laws.

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Unity and Democracy

Whereas markets still are global and the politics are national, the politics will go on being that “dummy” for the economic interests of the lobbies. The utopian politics considering citizens as owners of their own lives, hasn’t achieve its goal yet. That is the main reason for the citizens to move further away from politics.… » read more

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Democracy, stability and prosperity of the whole European continent is a priority goal of the EU. The open door policy of the EU has always been and still is the major motivation for reforms in all neighbouring countries. This should be continued, especially towards Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and the Balkan countries. It might take long,… » read more

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The EU should become even more transparent and democratic. Commission, council and parliament meetings, working groups etc. should be covered on the web pages of the institutions. Meeting agendas with comments and side documents should be published and opportunities for wide feedback and discussion provided on the web pages.

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One voice

As long as the member states of the EU represent themselves in international organisations (like IMF or UN), their impact will be limited and far beyond what it could be if the EU had the possibility to speak in their name. Hence my suggestion : to speak with one voice in international organisations. The same… » read more

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