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Shopov, Vladimir

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Glasove - Bulgaria | 27/01/2011

More say for EU citizens

As of 2012 public petitions which manage to gather a million signatures on a particular subject in a quarter of EU states will automatically oblige the EU Commission to present a draft law on the issue in question. Europeans' fortified self-assurance demands this right to have more say, the daily Glasove writes: "Citizens' initiatives play an important role in the utopian idea of a European democracy. Giving citizens the chance to have certain control over the legislative process would put them in a position to force the EU Commission to legislate on any serious problem. This would shorten the notorious distance between the average EU citizen and the complex structures of the EU and presumably enhance the education and culture of Europeans in general. ... A further desirable effect would be the possibility to discuss topics which affect not just individual states but the entire continent."

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