C5 Separation of Powers

We recommend that a debate on the future structure of a democratic EU respecting the separation of powers known from most European nation states should be initiated at political, grassroots and academic level.

Why this recommendation?

One of the reasons for the present weakness of the European Union is that ordinary people find the character of its governing structure incomprehensibly messy.

Since Montesquieu's "The Spirit of the Laws", 1748, a clear separation of powers has been the basic principle in setting up democratic structures. For historical reasons, the EU does not, however, follow the principles of a strict division of powers between the executive, the legislature and the judiciary.

A clear separation of powers - emphasising the independence of the judiciary - should be a major theme at next treaty reform, and therefore a debate on the future structure of a democratic EU should be initiated soonest at grassroots and academic level.


If you are also worried about Europe's future and want to find solutions, please share this message with your friends, family and colleagues, by mail or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/myeurope.today)

This is one out of "20 Recommendations For More Democracy in Europe", prepared by seven conferences in seven EU countries - Denmark, Latvia, The Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Bulgaria and The Netherlands, in that order. The final document was prepared by representatives of all 7 conferences at The International House Sonnenberg in the Harz Mountains, Germany.

The My!Europe project will present one recommendation every day until Christmas, with a final overview on Dec 24.
To read the full text go to www.myeurope.today/important-pages-2

We think that these recommendations for change are extremely important for the future of Europe. What do you think? Your opinion counts.



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