Renew Europe helped draft and has voted in favour of the report on the citizens’ dialogues and their participation in the EU decision-making, adopted today during the plenary session in Strasbourg.
« A strong citizen involvement in the EU’s life is the key to the development of our parliamentary democracy and will give a stronger basis and legitimacy to face the great challenges of our century. This report on citizens’ participation lays the groundwork for citizens' involvement in the future of Europe », explains Pascal Durand, Renew Europe shadow rapporteur on this file in the committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO).
Renew Europe is convinced that citizens’ participation in the democratic life of the EU cannot longer be limited to the European elections held every five years. Several tools for citizens’ participation exist. However, they are imperfect, ineffective and, above all, too little known. We have the duty to improve them. For Renew Europe, the Conference on the Future of Europe is an opportunity for the European institutions to increase citizens’ participation by drawing directly on their ideas. We cannot let this opportunity pass.
Finally, Renew Europe notes that some groups in the European Parliament – such as Identity and Democracy and the European Conservatives and Reformists – do not follow through on the fight for a more democratic Europe they proclaim on social media or on TV screens. Indeed, MEPs from these groups either voted against the report or abstained. Renew Europe, on the other hand, is rising to the occasion and will continue to act in favour of citizens’ participation.
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