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 democratising the EU by strengthening the European Parliament and political parties on the European level as well as complement representative democracy with new participative instruments.
The aim of the project is to develop reform proposals for 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 project, commissioned by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, identifies reform needs in all four areas and examines the reform options that can be found in the political and academic debate. Based on this analysis, concrete reform proposals are recommended. The results will be published in several studies and policy papers and discussed with decision-makers and experts in order to feed them into the debate on the future of Europe.