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Guest post by Eberhard Rhein, former Chef de Cabinet to the European Commission VP in charge of external relations and Director responsible for the Mediterrranean and Arab world. See also Rhein.BlogActiv.eu   On April 1st 2012 an interesting innovation of the Lisbon Treaty will see the reality. At that date, the implementing legislation for Art.… » read more

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EU leaders are too focused on the short term of upcoming elections and lack a strategic vision to give new impetus to European integration and better connect with citizens, said Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in an interview with EurActiv. Speaking on the margin of a conference on how to revitalise the European dream organised by French… » read more

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To forge a real sense of ownership and belonging, EU leaders and politicians should better market the European project, said the Indian dean of French business school INSEAD, Dipak C. Jain, in a recent interview with EurActiv. Having followed the American Dream and now seeking to live the European Dream, the Indian says that Europe’s… » read more

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Join the debate here ! Question 1: Will the European Citizens’ Initiative transform the European democratic life and reduce the widening ‘Democratic Gap’ between its citizens and decision-makers? “The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) will introduce a whole new form of participatory democracy to the EU. It is a major step forward in the democratic life… » read more

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Welcome to our online debate entitled: “Stakeholders’ Community to Federate European Citizens’ Initiatives” Join the debate at the bottom of this post ! European Citizens’ Initiatives (ECI) as well as Political Parties’ debates and campaigns could play a key role in the running up to 2014 European Elections. We can distinguish 3 main phases: Phase… » read more

Posted by Dominique Ostyn