Disillusion and disengagement: how fighting corruption and protecting whistleblowers can help restore trust

26. July 2016 by Luis Placido dos Santos

Luis Plácido dos SantosTrust between citizens and their elected representatives is a crucial component of a well-governed EU. Lacking trust, citizens become cynical about their political system and apathy rises. Even worse, distrust is making many people experiencing something stronger than apathy: the feeling of absolute disaffection. Clearly, there is a downright dissatisfaction with people in authority nowadays and voter disengagement is getting worse both at national and European level, with the last EU election having the lowest-ever turnout.

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Bring Back the Citizens! How to revive democratic participation for a citizens-led Europe

22. April 2016 futurelab-europe_bring-back-the-citizens-how-to-revive-democratic-participation-for-a-citizens-led-europe_2016

Why are European citizens turning their back on our political system and what needs to be done to give a new impetus to democracy in Europe? Is the EU as it is now compatible with participatory democracy? Is representative democracy the model to follow and can it be applied at every level of governance? Why has the EU lost its mojo among the people of Europe?

Concerned about these developments, FutureLab Europe’s fifth generation worked on a publication calling for concrete measures to address the root causes of these European malaises by bridging the gap between citizens and decision makers.

FutureLab Europe’s fifth generation discussed democratic participation with MEP Sven Giegold and DG EAC Director Antonio Silva Mendes

FutureLab Europe’s fifth generation discussed its publication “Bring Back the Citizens! How to Revive Democratic Participation for a citizens-led Europe” with Antonio Silva Mendes, Director for Youth and Sport at DG Education and Culture in the European Commission and Sven Giegold, Member of the European Parliament.

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FutureLab Europe’s Manifesto 2016 – Reviving democracy for a citizens-led Europe

29 March 2016

futurelab-europe_manifesto_englishThe past few years have not been easy ones for democracy in Europe. Alarmingly low levels of electoral participation have been registered in many EU member states, including at the latest European elections of May 2014, which registered the lowest voter turnout on record, with an all-time low of 42.54%. In many EU member states – such as Greece, France, Spain, Slovakia and Italy – anti systemic, populist parties have emerged strong and powerful. Poland and Hungary’s illiberal turn poses an additional threat to democracy on our continent.

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FutureLab Europe discussed the Future of Democracy in Belgium

20. October 2014 On October 17-18, 2014 Futurelabers met in Brussels on the occasion of a workshop on “The State of Democracy in Belgium”. During the two-day workshop, the group discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the current system and worked on participants’ own proposals to improve the quality of Belgium’s democracy. The main aim … Continue reading FutureLab Europe discussed the Future of Democracy in Belgium