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...
European Parliament approves stronger European Citizens’ Initiative
Press release 12/3/19 Cologne, Germany
The text of the new regulation of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has been approved by the European Parliament today in Strasbourg. Democracy International welcomes the...
Big win for civil society as EU Parliament adopts historic lobby transparency rules
Big win for civil society as European Parliament adopts historic lobby transparency rules
Democracy experts warn new regulation could undermine digital dimension of the European Citizens’ Initiative
18 experts warn against the Council proposal to ban the use of alternative software to collect European Citizens’ Initiative signatures.
- Council wants to to ban alternatives to...
Cities commit to greater democracy in historic Magna Charta
World cities have committed to collaborating to protect and expand democracy, even in the face of threats from higher levels of government.
European Parliament votes to start interinstitutional negotiations on the revision of the European Citizens’ Initiative, but simultaneously commits to holding plenary debates on successful ECIs
European Parliament votes to start interinstitutional negotiations on the revision of the European Citizens’ Initiative, but simultaneously commits to holding plenary debates on successful ECIs.
European Parliament Committee ignores civil society call for stronger commitment to European Citizens’ Initiative
Democracy International is highly disappointed that the majority of the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament today decided to ignore the call from more than 70 civil society organisations,...
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...
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....