Since its founding in 1959, the Institute for European Politics (IEP) has been a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of European integration.
Study on Strengthening the Democratic Legitimacy of the EU
The Conference on the Future of Europe opens a window of opportunity to achieve reforms to strengthen EU-level democracy. In order to seize this opportunity, concrete reform proposals are needed. They have to advance the tried and tested path of democratizing the EU by strengthening the European Parliament and political parties on the European level as well as complement representative democracy with new participative instruments.
In a study commissioned by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, IEP elaborates such reform proposals in four areas:
Strengthening the role of the European Parliament within the EU’s political system,
Reforming the European electoral law,
Reforming the democratic legitimacy of the governance of the euro area,
Reforming the instruments of participatory democracy at EU level.
The study identifies needs for reform in all four areas and undertakes a review of the reform options currently discussed in the political and academic debates. Based on this analysis, concrete reform proposals are recommended. The results will be discussed with decision-makers and experts in order to feed the recommendations into the debate on the future of Europe.