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Activists handed out forget-me-not flowers to Members of the European Parliament to remind them of their duty towards the 9 million citizens who have signed a European Citizens' Initiative - MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras (Spain - Greens/EFA) stopped by to r
Unique Forget-Us-Not Action ahead of critical reform decision in the European Parliament
On the eve of the important reform vote by the Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO), democracy supporters from across Europe gathered on Monday outside the European Parliament (EP). They handed out forget-me-not...
Save the Dutch Referendum
Citizens sue the Dutch government for abolishing the referendum
Cologne, Germany, 23 February 2018 The Dutch NGO Meer Democratie has announced it will launch a citizen-supported lawsuit against the Dutch government for the way it is trying to abolish the right to hold a referendum....
Stop Glyphosate ECI
European Citizens’ Initiative sees first-ever legislative proposal by the European Commission
On Tuesday, December 12, the European Commission announced its response following the submission of signatures for the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Stop Glyphosate”. Stop Glyphosate became the first ever ECI to...
Glyphosate protest Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland
Glyphosate-renewal: Let the people decide!
18 EU member states on Monday voted in favour of the European Commission’s proposal to renew the EU licence of the contested herbicide glyphosate with five years. This goes against the will of 1,3 million EU citizens...
Newly elected President of France, Emmanuel Macron, Photo: Pablo Tupin-Noriega (Wikimedia Commons)
Macron calls for democratic EU conventions
On September 26, French President Emmanuel Macron delivered his Future of Europe speech in Paris, which included the demand for democratic conventions via European-wide debates. Democracy International, a longtime...
Newly elected President of France, Emmanuel Macron, Photo: Pablo Tupin-Noriega (Wikimedia Commons)
Macron’s plan for EU citizens’ debates is insufficient
As prominently written on his website, the new French President Elect Emmanuel Macron intends to start a European debate with citizens at national and European level to rebuild trust in the European project and to forge...
Citizen Europe
Contested ECI turns five years on Saturday
On 1 April 2017, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) celebrated its fifth anniversary. The historically first tool of participatory and direct democracy at transnational level provides EU citizens with the...
The participants of the Global Forum 2016
Global Forum 2016 adopts Donostia Declaration
From 16 to 19 November 2016, 200 people from all continents of the world gathered in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, to attend the sixth Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy. This year’s edition of the world biggest...
Global Forum to fight retreat of democracy
From 16 to 19 November 2016, more than 200 people from all continents of the world will come together in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, to attend the sixth Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy. This year’s edition of...
The logo of the campaign for introducing e-voting, by the Bulgarian Ministery of Foreign Affairs
Referendum in Bulgaria deliberately left at low key
On Sunday, 6 November 2016, a citizen-initiated referendum was held in Bulgaria on three questions. Voters were asked whether to introduce mandatory voting, a majority system to elect the members of parliament and...


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