Democratic Legitimacy in the European Union and Global by Beatriz Pérez de las Heras

By Beatriz Pérez de las Heras

This booklet addresses the most suitable demanding situations to the sustainability of the ecu Union (EU) as a political undertaking: the deficit of voters’ help. It identifies lacking parts of renowned legitimacy and makes proposals for his or her formal inclusion in a destiny Treaty reform, whereas assessing the contribution that the ecu could make to international governance by way of increasing a reputable democratic version to different overseas actors. The members supply views from legislations, political technological know-how, and sociology, and the 15 case reviews of other elements of the incipient eu demos give you the reader with a accomplished review of those pertinent questions. The edited quantity offers a very interdisciplinary examine of the electorate’ position within the ecu political panorama which may function a foundation for additional analyses of the EU’s democratic legitimacy. it is going to be of use to felony students and political scientists attracted to the EU’s democratic procedure, institutional setup and exterior relations.

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In addition, in at least one case, namely the European initiative “Right2Water”,69 the European Commission declared in a Communication70 that one of the next concrete steps that will be taken is to “launch an EU-wide public consultation on the Drinking Water Directive […]”, including to modify the Council Directive 98/83/ EC of 3 November 1998 on the quality of water intended for human consumption. INSTITUTIONAL INSTRUMENTS FOR CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT... 21 3 AN EVALUATION OF THE IMPACT OF THESE INSTRUMENTS ON POLICY-MAKERS AND CITIZENS In the beginning of our chapter, we posited that the EU’s instruments were strategies to increase participatory democratic legitimacy, and thus decrease the EU’s democratic deficit.

13 life of the EU, which was not put into practice until the reform of the Lisbon Treaty (2009),27 due to the inability of European political leaders to find a proper way to adopt a normative act in this respect. In 2009, the democratic participation of citizens in the decisionmaking process was finally enhanced through the reformed Lisbon Treaty which stipulated, without any compromise, that citizens “participate in the democratic life of the Union” (art. 10 para. 3 TEU). As part of their new political role, their indubitable political right to initiate proposals, or a popular initiative was enshrined,28 and the right to send them to the European Commission to be registered on its website (if the legal requirements are fulfilled).

So far, only three initiatives68 for which the collection of one million signatures in the EU in at least seven Member States was recorded received feedback from the European Commission, which already presented its conclusions. In addition, in at least one case, namely the European initiative “Right2Water”,69 the European Commission declared in a Communication70 that one of the next concrete steps that will be taken is to “launch an EU-wide public consultation on the Drinking Water Directive […]”, including to modify the Council Directive 98/83/ EC of 3 November 1998 on the quality of water intended for human consumption.

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