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A New Right for Democracy and Development in Europe

The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI)


Edited By Giampiero Bordino

This volume analyses the problems and instruments of European citizens’ political participation and focuses in particular on the «European Citizens’ Initiative» (ECI) right. Introduced by the Lisbon Treaty, the ECI enables European citizens to propose legislative measures to the Commission by collecting one million signatures in at least seven EU countries. The European federalists were the first to initiate one of the most important applications of this instrument with their proposal for a «European Special Plan for Sustainable Development», aimed at addressing the ongoing serious economic and social crisis.
The essays collected in this volume by authors from different disciplines, backgrounds and nationalities offer reflections on citizenship rights and themes relating to the European crisis, as well as on the necessary steps to revive development in Europe. The informative and functional documentation proposed in the Appendix constitutes a user manual for the potential and concrete application of this new right by European citizens and their various associations.
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For a European Sustainable Development Plan



Alfonso IOZZO

In today’s radically changing world, which is characterised by the participation of increasingly large sections of the population in the processes of economic growth, necessitating rational and efficient use of natural resources (food, energy), Europe must implement a strict policy of control of resources, in order to bring about an equitable and sustainable transformation of its economic and production system.

In this regard, Europe has already made fundamental choices in the right direction, from the aims stated in the Lisbon Treaty to the European Council’s decisions for 2020. The route of strict budgetary discipline (both for states and for individuals) and sustainable development is one that can be followed only through a common European effort. Growth can be resumed only through investments that make European businesses competitive, reducing the consumption and costs of energy and raw materials, maximising the use of information technologies, developing and spreading the knowledge society, and rebalancing purchasing power.

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