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25 September 2015

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls for more participatory democracy in the EU

On 16 September 2015 the EESC adopted an opinion on how to improve the functioning of the EU by tapping-in the potential of the Lisbon Treaty.

Several proposals were put forward by the Committee as to how to enforce existing rights and increase the transparency and accountability of the European Union, including ways to reform the European Citizens’ Initiative’ (ECI), in the light of the past initiatives, such as the Right to Water ECI.

“The Committee stressed that democracy and accountability are fundamental to European citizenship and that this dimension of the Lisbon Treaty must be fully and systematically implemented”. Moreover, the EESC calls for “to extend the competences of the European Parliament, for instance through an increased role in European economic governance and the European Semester, and (ii) to put in place a more balanced share of responsibilities and inter-institutional cooperation between the institutions with a view to consolidate the community method”.

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