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EU:s medborgarinitiativ: En framkomlig väg för att minska det demokratisk underskottet?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The European Union is struggling to maintain democracy and tries to increase the participation among the citizens in Europe. The European Citizens’ Initiative, ECI, is a platform established by the European Commission to allow citizens to propose new legislation. “Water and sanitation are a human right! Water is a public good, not a commodity!” is the first ECI that has met the requirements. Participatory democracy is an effective instrument to raise the democracy in EU but it requires inclusiveness and a serious response from the Commission. More than one year has lapsed since the first ECI was registered and several negotiations has taken place in order to establish a strategy so that water and sanitation become a human right among the member states in the EU. At this point the Commission has no ambition to pass the water and sanitation initiative as a legislative procedure because the requirements contradict the internal market rules. Unfortunately the ECI has not yet achieved its goals even though the Commission has acknowledged that water and sanitation are a human right. The ECI is still under development and so far it does not yet meet the ambition to decrease the democratic deficit within the EU.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 34 p.
Keyword [sv]
EU, kommissionen, demokrati, Lissabonfördraget, medborgarinitiativ, deltagardemokrati
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-39826OAI: diva2:787362
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Peace and Development Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2015-02-19 Created: 2015-02-10 Last updated: 2015-02-19Bibliographically approved

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