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On 30 November, the AFCO Committee voted on the regulation for the Citizens’ Initiative. Following the recommendations issued by the AFCO rapporteurs on the Citizens’ Initiative (MEPs Alain Lamassoure from EPP and Zita Gurmai from S & D), as well as the opinion by MEPs Gerald Häfner (Greens) and Diana Wallis (ALDE), rapporteurs for the… » read more

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On 15 July 2010, the Centre for Parliamentary Studies organised a symposium in Brussels entitled ‘Equality and Diversity in Europe: Tackling Multiple Discrimination against Migrants’. The event was chaired by Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez (delegate of the University of Manchester). Other delegate speakers included Floya Anthias (delegate of the Roehampton University), Suzanne Monkasa (delegate of the… » read more

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On 29 June 2010, the Open Society Institute (OSI) and the European Stability Initiative (ESI) jointly presented a film as well as a panel debate in Brussels which was entitled ‘Kosovo – Breaking the Isolation’. The event was chaired by Heather Grabbe (Director of OSI-Brussels). Other members of the panel included Bajram Rexhepi (Kosovo Interior… » read more

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The ‘no – votes’ in France and the Netherlands sparked realisation of the lack of faith shown in the EU institutions and a need to reduce the democratic deficit. The direct outcome of this concern was Plan D denoting Democracy, Dialogue, and Debate. Six trans-national projects were conducted in order to test innovative consultation methods… » read more

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After the heated debate and consultations on the European Transparency Initiative (ETI) we are now in the phase of consultations on its prominent element – the Code of Conduct for interest representatives (consultations close on 15/02/2008). The draft code proposed by the Commission seems fairly minimalist as it quotes very vast principles of “openness, transparency, honesty and integrity” that shall be binding for those (only!) who choose to register as lobbyists. There can be doubts whether it will bring more transparency to interest representation towards the EU Institutions.

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How to explain that since 1979 and the first European elections the powers of the European Parliament have increased but voter participation has gone down to reach below 50% at the 2004 elections? ECAS believes that this does not reflect general disenchantment with the European construction – since the turnout in the European referenda was… » read more

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Beginning of a European public sphere? new exciting tool of communication? the platform to get the debate about Europe going? We jump in! In this blog we would like especially to discuss EU communication policy and the citizens’ participation methods. If you want to see our previous work, please visit our website. We also invite… » read more

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