EU Citizenship Report 2017 - We need to work together to improve democratic life in the Union
In January, the European Commission published its third EU Citizenship Report, presenting actions to ensure citizens can fully enjoy their rights when working, travelling, studying or participating in elections.
Civic awareness and democratic participation among Union citizens are crucial, especially ahead of the next European elections. ALDA strongly supports the Commission's statement about the fact that further steps should be taken to deepen the democratic life of the Union.
The EC set three priorities for 2017-19 in the field of the promotion of citizens’ participation in the democratic life of the EU, among which intensifying Citizens’ Dialogues and encourage public debates, to improve public understanding of the impact of the EU on citizens’ daily lives and to encourage an exchange of views with citizens; and promote best practices which help citizens vote and stand for EU elections, to support turnout and broad democratic participation in the perspective of the 2019 European elections.
"We are not living a "business as usual" historical time, and we all need to join efforts to revive the European project” said Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA. “EU institutions, together with leading stakeholders engaged in the field of civic participation, have a huge responsibility in improving the democratic life of the Union today. Tomorrow could already be late”, concluded Mrs. Valmorbida.