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First of all, there will be a lot of single issue politics, connected to lifestyle/hobby groups like hunting, bird watching or music downloading. A million signatures to abolish copyrights will be no match for them. There will be also a lot of emotionally loaded political questions. Banning nukes, GMO agriculture products or bailing out Assange?… » read more

We must return to the system advocated in the Draft Constitution whereby, based on the General Orientations of the European Council regarding CFSP, the Council of Ministers needs either a qualified majority to pass decisions (Art. III-295 Draft Constitution) or total unanimity, with or without “constructive abstention”. To return to the requirement of unanimity for… » read more

The EMI proposes that the President of the European Council (who occupies this position for two years) does not exercise the limited powers of representation in the areas of Foreign Affairs and Security, as described in the Lisbon Treaty. The President should be the leading representative of the EU in these areas and should be… » read more

We are pleased to note that Lisbon Treaty has adopted in Art. 11.2 TEU one of the most positive innovations of the Draft Constitution (Art. I-47). That is to say, the principle of participatory democracy, and the right of one million citizens to submit any appropriate proposal on matters where they consider that a legal… » read more

We cannot carry on with the situation whereby the different Member States by means of the COREPER interfere in the execution of EU law, as is permitted in Art. 240.1 TFEU. The COREPER must have a merely consultative function whose aim is to bring about the optimum execution of the law, taking into account the… » read more

The range of inquiries to be carried out by the Ombudsman, which are detailed in Art. 228 TFEU, must be extended to include the public administrations in all the Member States. The current situation, whereby the Ombudsman’s field of action is limited to the EU institutions, is not satisfactory. The differences between the public administrations… » read more

The EU Foreign Office should not be formed merely by those designated by the EU Council and Commission, as the Lisbon Treaty establishes. This leaves the rest of the members of the EU Foreign Office to come from each Member State. It is vital that the EU has a diplomatic service which is large, coordinated… » read more

The EU currently suffers from a problem that must be solved if we want its institutions to be fully democratic. We refer to the balance of power between the Member States (as represented by the European Council) and the Citizens (as represented by the European Parliament). If we aspire to true European citizenship, if we… » read more

Student

I suggest a “Youth Parliment”of EU where the talented and young leaders belonging to every walk of life should be represented. It is obvious that they are the future leaders, movers and shakers of the EU, so their grooming should be started at early age. It will enable EU to reach the heights of development,… » read more

National preferences

The role of national parliaments is linked with the role which are national preferences of each Member State. The only way to force a processed decision-making invoving national parliaments is to be truly pro-europe… This post was submitted by Francesca Donfrancesco. Original post by Francesca Donfrancesco

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