April 22, 2014
The European Parliament, the only institution where EU citizens directly elect their representatives, had its role revolutionized in the past decades. Aside from being one of the most transparent and powerful parliaments in the world, its strong legislative function alongside the Council and its power to elect European Commission members (giving itself a de facto political power to propose and initiate legislation) have helped legitimize EU democracy.
Moreover, the Union also does its best to make the whole policy and decision making process simple and available to all; the EU also offers citizens and stakeholders vast opportunities to participate in the process through petitions, public consultations, requests to the European Ombudsman and Citizens’ Initiatives. Thus, due to these various preferences, the Union has become more open to its citizens and therefore more democratically developed.
But the sufficiency to satisfy the legitimacy of the democratic process of the EU through these consultations comes […]