60 Ideas for Europe

The EU should tackle the impact of Europe’s energy use on both the economy and the energy and foster the transition to environmentally clean, safe and sustainable energy sources.

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Europe should develop a strong voice on the global stage with common foreign and security policies that promote peace, security in regional conflicts democracy and the respect for human rights providing for a strong role model across the world, whilst recognizing the importance of the nation state.

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Creation of a societal pact

Current policies on the market, social protection and sustainable development are grossly imbalanced and suffer from a total lack of coherence. The European Parliament should thus take initiatives in the future to allow for a convention to be set up. The objective of this convention would be to draw up, in a participatory manner, a… » read more

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A growing demand for information can be observed among European citizens. Nevertheless, this demand is not met by the media. Therefore, efforts must be made to convince them of the existence of this need, and of the benefits of informing their respective audiences in a way that is adapted to each of them.

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The European Parliament’s right of legislative initiative should be strengthened. It should also have the power of ratifying, on behalf of European citizens, any European Union treaty or treaty affecting the EU before it comes into force. Moreover, the European Parliament should be granted the power of deciding to hold EU-wide consultative referenda, after having… » read more

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EU citizens should be addressed more effectively and the European public space strengthened. This could be done with the creation of an interactive website (administrated by the European Parliament) in which citizens could participate in debates related to ongoing legislative processes and activities of the European Union. The work on developing civic education could be… » read more

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The President of the European Commission could be directly elected by universal suffrage at the same time with the European Parliament elections (in a separate vote).

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The European Parliament should be granted the competence to organise EU-wide consultative referenda on European matters. Such referenda could function on the basis of an absolute majority of votes cast or a double majority system (such as provided for in the Treaty of Lisbon for voting in Council).

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