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The world will not be able to recover from the pandemic until democracy is recovering
2020 was not only bad year for health, education and the economy in the world, but also for democracy and our freedoms. With three key reports on the “Global State of Democracy” published, the message is clear: people...
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Conference on the Future of Europe needs to do more to offer citizens new opportunities
Democracy International sees the newly published Joint Declaration on the Conference on the...
Lack of action on fifth-successful European citizens’ initiative, Minority Safepack, would be a letdown for European democracy
On 15 January 2021 the European Commission stated that no legislative action will be taken on the European citizens’ initiative (ECI), Minority Safepack, the fifth initiative to successfully submit the required one...
Greater transparency and citizen participation is needed in the planning of the Conference on the Future of Europe
Democracy International and the Citizens Take Over Europe alliance welcomes President Von der Leyen’s due reference to the Conference on the Future of Europe in...
Youth-led European citizens' initiative
Youth-led European Citizens’ Initiative “Voters Without Borders” launched
A new European Citizens’ Initiative, Voters Without Borders, launched on September 1st, proposes to the European Commission a revision of the European directives on the rights of European citizens to vote and stand in...
Unique Citizens’ Convention initiates referendum on climate change in France
The Citizens' Convention on Climate wound to a close on Sunday 21 June, handing over their 149 proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the French government.
European Parliament votes to include citizens in European Union reform process
On January 15, the European Parliament agreed on its position of a participatory, citizens-inclusive Conference on the Future of Europe’s (CoFoE) to pave the way for EU treaty change. The resolution was very...
UN urged to consider citizen-led proposals
Civil society groups launch global campaign for a World Citizens’ Initiative
328 European candidates support citizen-led democratic EU reform
As part of the “Now the Citizens” campaign, 328 candidates for the European Parliament elections have signed a pledge in support of giving the citizens a say on the democratic future of Europe. Their names are published...
2020 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy in Bern
The biggest world conference on active citizenship and participatory democracy comes back to Switzerland.   UPDATE: the 2020 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy has been postponed as a result of the global Covid-19...


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