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The Democracy Deficit in the EU: Euro Commission blithely dismisses 2 million pro-life signatures
National Review ^ | 08/01/2014 | Josh Craddock

Posted on 08/01/2014 10:10:08 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

In May, the European Commission summarily rejected the largest democratic initiative in European Union history. The decision left many wondering: Is participatory democracy dead in the European Union?

Self-governance is essential to any democratic regime, but that’s merely an inconvenient truth to the bureaucrats in Brussels. The European Union continues to wrestle with criticism of its ever-deepening democracy deficit — the failure of the EU system to involve citizens in the decision-making process.

The only EU body elected by the citizenry is the European Parliament. Yet this body is almost perfunctory. The redoubtable European Commission retains total power of initiating legislation within its vastly weaker parliamentary counterpart.

In 2009, the European Union responded to its critics with the Treaty of Lisbon, which included a program for direct participatory democracy — the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). The European Commission promised to take action on any citizens’ initiative that collected more than 1 million signatures from at least seven different member states.

Although the treaty enshrined democratic participation as a legal principle, even this concession bore the mark of an aristocratic institution: The Commission guaranteed only legislative debate on the initiatives, not that their aims would ever be realized.

Even so, to the ECI, Europe’s pro-life grassroots responded with the One of Us petition, an initiative “to advance the protection of human life from conception in Europe — within the possibilities of the competency of the EU.” It would have acknowledged personhood from the beginning of biological development, requiring the European Union to follow the European Court of Justice in acknowledging the dignity of the human embryo and to ban EU financing of abortion and other forms of embryonic destruction.

Two million Europeans from 20 countries signed the One of Us petition, making it the most supported initiative in EU history

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: abortion; eu; eussr; prolife; totalitarianism

1 posted on 08/01/2014 10:10:08 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Heh. It’s left up to the Commission whether to put a “citizens’ initiative” into the system or not. Now they have an enemies’ list.

2 posted on 08/01/2014 10:17:20 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

What’s even more sad is that they pretty much are on a suicide trip anyways.

3 posted on 08/01/2014 10:25:59 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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