Blog Home  Bookmark and Share

Citizens' Initiative

| 1 Comment | No TrackBacks
Given that the main political parties all supported the Lisbon Treaty, would they consider adopting a measure for Ireland similar to the Treaty's Citizens' Initiative whereby at least a million EU citizens from a significant number of member States could request the EU Commission to bring forward proposals on a particular issue?

Based on the Lisbon model, we could be talking about a minimum of eight thousand citizens from, say, six counties being able to oblige the Cabinet or Dail to consider an issue or for the Government to hold a referendum. Apparently, such a proposal was included in a draft of the 1922 Constitution of the Free State. Citizens' initiatives operate in Switzerland, New Zealand, Estonia and about half the States in the US. A measure along these lines might help bridge the yawning gap exposed by Lisbon between our politicians and the electorate. What issues would readers propose as citizens' initiatives?

No TrackBacks

TrackBack URL: http://www.planware.org/cgi-sys/cgiwrap/bf/managed-mt/mt-tb.cgi/97

1 Comment

Very well written post, do you have an rss feed I can subscribe to?

Leave a comment

OpenID accepted here Learn more about OpenID
Powered by Movable Type 4.25

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Brian published on July 6, 2008 1:55 PM.

Responding to Recession was the previous entry in this blog.

Pension Fund Strategies is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Top of Page