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  • 9th May 2019 - 10:56 GMT

EMI: Sibiu Summit 2019 – Citizen Consultations in Europe

On 9th May 2019, EU leaders gather in Sibiu, Romania, to put forward a roadmap for a more united, stronger and more democratic Union. As an organisation seeking to encourage and improve the active participation of citizens in the development of European solutions to our common challenges, the European Movement International believes there is a need for more innovative and effective formats to engage Europeans in the decisions that affect them.

With citizens across Europe currently taking their concerns about issues such as climate protection, social security or the rule of law to the streets and protesting for change, it is undeniable that Europeans want to have a bigger say in the future and political direction of Europe. Nearly half of EU citizens currently claim they are unsatisfied with the way democracy works in the EU and few feel they can make a real difference in national let alone European decision-making processes. However, there is a growing demand in Europe for democratic participation beyond elections. An ambitious strategy is needed to give citizens across Europe a meaningful say in shaping future EU policies that directly affect their lives.

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