Europe: Project and Process. Citizens, Democracy, Participation

Autor: Susana del Río

Fecha de publicación: 2014
Editorial: Peter Lang; Fundación Academia Europea de Yuste
ISBN: 978-2-87574-190-5
Colección: Cuadernos de Yuste 9

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With this book the author wants to convey the relevance of two vectors that are part of the European integration and the EU’s personality: the value to be both project and process. The key themes of the book are European supranational democracy; the participation of the civil society in the EU; the interaction between European citizens and the European institutions; education as a key element of active citizenship; solidarity, participation, and communication “in European”; and the necessary formulation of what Dr. Susana del Rio calls: a new European politics, where a shared responsibility is fundamental to the achievement of a quality European democracy. The author emphasizes that, to restore public credibility in politics, representative democracy has to lead the way, as representative democracy is complemented by participatory democracy.



José Antonio Monago, President of the Board of Trustees of the European Academy of Yuste Foundation and President of the Government of Extremadura

Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, Secretary of State for the European Union. Government of Spain

Jaume Duch Guillot, Director for Media and Spokesman. European Parliament

Frans de Ruiter, President of the European House for Culture, (Brussels); Kathrin Deventer, Chair of the Working Group on Audience Participation of the European Access to Culture Platform;

Miguel Ángel Martín Ramos, Spokesperson of the European Access to Culture Platform

First part: project and process. analysis of a key stage that establishes the model in the european project and in its process

Chapter 1. A Convention to draft the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Proposals from Civil Society

1.1. Introduction: The Charter of Fundamental Rights within the Framework of the IGC 2000, the Dialogue on Europe and the Treaty of Nice

1.2. Towards a Charter of Fundamental Rights for Europe: A Milestone – The Convention

1.3. The Public Debate with Civil Society and with Non-Governmental Organizations During the Charter’s Drafting Process

1.4. The Permanent Forum of Civil Society: Proposals

1.4.1. Dignity

1.4.2. Liberty

1.4.3. Equality

1.4.4. Solidarity

Conclusions: The Charter of Fundamental Rights for Europe – The Proposals of NGOs: The Establishment of a Precedent in the Process

Chapter 2. The Convention and the Draft European Constitution: The Initiation of a Constituent Process

2.1. Introduction: The European Convention, a Brave Initiative

2.2. The Treaty of Nice, the Declaration of Laeken and the Antecedents to the Constitutional Debate

2.3. Civil Society: Proposals for a Convention Method

2.4. The Convention: An innovative Body Centred on Public Debate, Democracy and Transparency

2.5. The Forum: Interface Between Civil Society, Organisations and the Convention

2.6. Civil Society Contact Groups and their Proposals to the Convention: Social Sector, Environment, Academia, Citizens and Institutions, Regions and Local Authorities, Human Rights, Development and Culture

2.7. Civil Society in the Listening and Reflection Phases – New Synergies: Participatory Democracy, Civil Dialogue, Horizontal Subsidiarity and Solidarity

2.8. Contributions from Civil Society to the Preliminary Draft Constitutional Treaty

2.9. Comments Made by Civil Society Platforms and Movements Regarding the Preliminary Draft Constitutional Treaty and how they are Reflected in the European Constitution

Conclusions: Participation of Civil Society and Democratisation of the Policy Creation Process: Overcoming the Intergovernmental System and the Initiation of a Participatory Method

Second part: citizens, democracy, participation. communication as a european legitimising resource

Chapter 3. European Citizenship: Participation and Communication for a New Way of Engaging in Politics

3.1. Introduction: The Axes that form the Basis of a New Type of European Politics

3.2. New Spaces and Online Resources

3.3. The Communicative Creativity of Institutions

3.4. Projects Promoting European Public Areas

3.5. 2009 Elections to the European Parliament

3.6. The Message of National Political Parties for the European Elections

3.7. From a European Model of Debate to a European Communication Policy

Conclusions: Citizens Who Are Responsible and Promote Integration

Chapter 4. Concrete Results that Establish a Tendency

4.1. Introduction: Where Are We? Where Are We Going to?

4.2. European Integral Communication

4.3. 2002-2012: The European Citizens’ Initiative Process

4.4. Reset Europe

4.5. Integration in the EU: Recovering the “Great Politics” and Communicating it

4.6. Europe Votes for Europe: 2014, Elections to the European Parliament


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