The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI)
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.
For a European Sustainable Development Plan
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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