The Croatian government on Monday presented the central web portal "e-savjetovanja" (e-counselling) enabling citizens to take active part in law making.
In only 2 out of 20 countries analysed is it possible to know who really owns the media and in 10 out of 20 countries not even the media regulators know who really owns the print media and for online media this figure drops to 6. So Access Info Europe is opening for signature the Ten Recommendations on Transparency of Media Ownership.
"Education spending is an investment in our future and should not be part of the government’s fiscal balance”, said the Nobel Laureate Economist Christopher Pissarides, Regius Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics.
The crisis of the democratic legitimacy of the European Union is very serious, and the optimism regarding its future can hardly and scarcely be found. At the same time, the upcoming elections for the European Parliament should provide hope in its brighter future, but to the citizens the EU remains distant, complicated and "intended for" someone else's interests. In addition, in the midst of the daily struggle with existential challenges citizens lack motivation to participate in the political life on their own turf, and let alone on some imaginary EU level. However, the possibility for the European elections to become a small, but still one of the first steps towards the reduction of the democratic deficit of the European union should not be discarded in total.
The Europe is not all rivers of honey and milk, but is Toni Vidan the Don Quijote? - we could make a joke after the discussion with this veteran activist in the area of environment protection and sustainable development, the member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and one of the last year's candidates for the MP position in the EU. On the eve of the new EU elections we asked Vidan has the membership in the EESC changed his view of the EU and what are the capacities of the European Parliament for actions, if he thought there is a cure for the citizens' apathy and if the EU elections could serve as the first step in decreasing the EU democratic deficit.