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Is the EU antidemocratic or under lobbyists’ thumbs?

The EU benefits of all the characteristics a representative democracy may have: a government (the European Commission) proposing laws to a Parliament (the European Parliament, representing directly the EU citizens) and a Council of Europe, composed of all ministries of the Member States.
The European Parliament is elected every 5 years directly by the EU citizens. Since the Lisbon treaty in 2007, the legislative ordinary procedure imposes that the Parliament and the Council of the Europe decide together of directives. Only the EU Member states ministers and the European deputies can decide of the EU legislation.
The European Union is a major actor on the implementation of participative democracy. Indeed, the EU developed public consultations, the European Citizens Initiatives (a means for citizens to present legislative proposals to the EU Commission), the obligation to inform the transparency register and the implementation of dialogue between citizens and EU representatives.
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