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Europe: Project and Process

Citizens, Democracy, Participation

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Susana del Río Villar

With this book the author wants to convey the relevance of two vectors that are part of the European integration and the EU’s personality: the value to be both project and process. The key themes of the book are European supranational democracy; the participation of the civil society in the EU; the interaction between European citizens and the European institutions; education as a key element of active citizenship; solidarity, participation, and communication «in European»; and the necessary formulation of what Dr. Susana del Rio calls: a new European politics, where a shared responsibility is fundamental to the achievement of a quality European democracy. The author emphasizes that, to restore public credibility in politics, representative democracy has to lead the way, as representative democracy is complemented by participatory democracy.
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Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, Secretary of State for the European Union. Government of Spain

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Iñigo MÉNDEZ DE VIGO

Secretary of State for the European Union Government of Spain

When Susana del Río called me to ask me to write a prologue for this book, I did not have to think about it for very long. Though I still had not read it and did not know what the book was about, I did know Susana very well. In all the years that I have been devoted to European politics, I have not met a more convinced, enthusiastic, hard-working pro-European with a greater vocation for serving the European cause. If all Europeans had at least a bit of the enthusiasm that Susana irradiates, the European construction process would have been concluded a long time ago. I therefore wish to take this opportunity offered to me not only to thank her for her extremely friendly invitation but also to express my gratitude for her pro-Europe efforts all these years.

Susana’s book makes reference to an aspect of the European Project that cannot be more in vogue. When the European Year of Citizens ends and the next European Elections are held, the publication of this book will be most appropriate given that it centres on democratic participation and citizenship in the European Union.

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