1. This volume is the result of a series of four events – three workshops and a final presentation – which the Austrian Institute for European Law and Policy organised from 4 October 2011 to 14 March 2012 in Brussels as “open dialogue” within the meaning of Article 11 (2) TEU. The contributions collected in this volume are a representative sample of the statements of participants of the workshops (mostly panelists, but including a few members o...

  2. The Introduction of the European Citizen’s Initiative, the first transnational participative instrument ever, is a milestone in the history of democracy. From now on, citizens have the same rights as nation-states and national parliaments to be the political agenda-setters on the supranational level.
  3. The Next Big Thing

    Publication date: January 20, 2011

    In late 2009, Europe was given a new “constitution” with the Lisbon Treaty. Now, two years later, one of the key innovations of this new treaty, the European Citizens’ Initiative, is about to become fully operational. For the very first time in world history, citizens across national borders will be able to determine the common political agenda by way of a transnational direct democratic procedure.