Why is QCEA working on this?
This programme relates to our work with the European Union. The European Union is often criticized for its so-called lack of democratic legitimacy. Since 2001, at least, the European Union has tried to address this, initially through setting up the Convention on the Future of Europe.
QCEA has engaged with a variety of aspects of the developments in the institutional make-up and decision-making processes of the European Union since 2001 because we believe that active engagement with citizens is essential to a functioning democracy. If citizens are not able to participate or – even if they are – if they do not participate because the means of participation are too cumbersome or too obscure, democracy suffers and so do the decisions that are made.