The European Citizens’ Initiative: Begin of a new era of participative democracy on EU-level

Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann, Chair­person of the Committee of the Europa-Union Berlin, and Julian Plottka, Research Associate at the IEP Berlin, discuss the possi­bil­ities and perceived limita­tions of the ECI, by empha­sizing its potential to develop as an instrument of partic­i­pative democracy in the practical imple­men­tation of the new EU citizenship right. In 1/2012 EUD-konkret of the Europa-Union Deutschland, they clarify the progress referring to the benefits and the hurdles that still have to be alleviated.

The EUD-konkret of Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann and Julian Plottka is available on the Europa-Union Deutschland website.