B2 Commission Transparency

European Commission transparency. We recommend that the public is given access to the Commission's mail-lists, minutes from meetings and formal, administrative notes from phone calls, - with exceptions to be made only on security issues and on the condition that the ombudsman is duly notified.... We consider it a relevant and important tool for journalists carrying out in-depth research as well as for active civil groups to have access to minutes and mail-lists produced by any staff member of the Commission. Follow My!Europe's 20 Recommendations For More Democracy in Europe here.

B1 Council Transparency

B1: We recommend that all parts of all Council meetings should all be transmitted via internet and TV to make it clearer to citizens how compromises are established. Read more here.

A8 Experiments

A8: Experiments to improve democracy. We recommend experiments to improve public debate via the internet and in the form of "deliberative democracy forums" - or discussion assemblies. The Sonnenberg principles of “Talk together. Overcome prejudice. Understand one another. Act responsibly” could serve as a basis for this. Read more...

A7 Natl Citizen IniA7: National citizens' initiatives. We recommend that member states establish rules for national citizens' initiatives to make recommendations on particular legislative initiatives to the EU via the Council. More here...

A6 ECI b

A6: We recommend that the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) be administered by an advisory body directly under the European Parliament as a direct link between the people and European legislation process. The number of signatures should be reduced from one million to 500.000. Read more here...

A5 Grant foundationsA5: We recommend that a decentralized system of grant foundations for civil activities be set up in each country and in regions of over 5 million inhabitants. The foundations should be strictly independent, but thoroughly audited. Read more...

A4 Travel SupportA4: We recommend that young people who have completed their 18th year are given an Interrail ticket covering all of Europe as a welcome gift in the European society. We also recommend that European travel support funds be established for cross-border citizens’ meetings and events, – e.g. at half of the cost of the cheapest ticket. - Click to read more.

A3 Political festivals

A3: We recommend that cross-border political festivals - dedicated to unfolding the idea of democracy in Europe and to bringing civil groups, politicians, artists and other citizens together - be established in different regions, but open to participation from all of Europe. - Do you agree? Read more here, comment, share.

A2 Civil society activitiesA2: We recommend that the budget for civil society activities focused on cross-border and European issues (such as talks, meetings, seminars and events) be raised to 100 million euro per year, and that national governments make additional contributions. Read more...

 

A1 EducationA1: We recommend European, national and local initiatives for more and better materials to be developed on the history and cultures of the European peoples and... Follow My!Europe's new Xmas Calendar here.