A more democratic and transparent Europe, strengthening the role of the EU and national
Parliaments, and giving the people more opportunities to make their voices heard.
These are the most expected aspects of the Lisbon Treaty realization.
Its coming into force (December 2009) was only the start of a course of discovery and
implementation that will give concrete results if it will involve, in the years to come, all
European citizens to make them closer to institutions, at present perceived as far away, and
make them active and participatory.
The Municipality of Thiene (IT), the Urban Center and ALDA promoted an info-day about
the Lisbon Treaty and the perspectives it will open on participation.

The event is scheduled for the 10th of February (Meeting hall of the City Library, starting at
9:30).
In the morning Meps Mara Bizzotto and Debora Serracchiani, Mr Matteo Fornara, EC Office
in Milano, Mrs Maria Rita Busetti, Mayor of Thiene and Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA
Director, moderated by the journalist Antonio Di Lorenzo, will explore the opportunities for
citizens by the Treaty.
In the afternoon two workshops will take place, where participants will discuss about
decision making process and civil society participation, and the role of the local authorities in
Europe after the Treaty.
There are already many ways in which European citizens can find out about and take part in
the political process of the EU. The newest of these is the citizens’ initiative, whereby people
will be able to ask the Commission to present a proposal in any of the EU’s areas of
responsibility. The practical details of this initiative will be worked out once the Treaty of
Lisbon takes effect.
The treaty also recognises the importance of consultation and dialogue with associations,
civil society, workers and employers, churches and other non-denominational organisations.

A more democratic and transparent Europe, strengthening the role of the EU and national
Parliaments, and giving the people more opportunities to make their voices heard.
These are the most expected aspects of the Lisbon Treaty realization.
Its coming into force (December 2009) was only the start of a course of discovery and
implementation that will give concrete results if it will involve, in the years to come, all
European citizens to make them closer to institutions, at present perceived as far away, and
make them active and participatory.
The Municipality of Thiene (IT), the Urban Center and ALDA promoted an info-day about
the Lisbon Treaty and the perspectives it will open on participation.

The event is scheduled for the 10th of February (Meeting hall of the City Library, starting at
9:30).
In the morning Meps Mara Bizzotto and Debora Serracchiani, Mr Matteo Fornara, EC Office
in Milano, Mrs Maria Rita Busetti, Mayor of Thiene and Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA
Director, moderated by the journalist Antonio Di Lorenzo, will explore the opportunities for
citizens by the Treaty.
In the afternoon two workshops will take place, where participants will discuss about
decision making process and civil society participation, and the role of the local authorities in
Europe after the Treaty.
There are already many ways in which European citizens can find out about and take part in
the political process of the EU. The newest of these is the citizens’ initiative, whereby people
will be able to ask the Commission to present a proposal in any of the EU’s areas of
responsibility. The practical details of this initiative will be worked out once the Treaty of
Lisbon takes effect.
The treaty also recognises the importance of consultation and dialogue with associations,
civil society, workers and employers, churches and other non-denominational organisations.