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The Colombian people say no to the peace agreement: But hopes for a solution remain

Written by Enrique Gomez Ramirez, The signature of the Final Peace Agreement in Colombia on 26 September 2016 was thought to have brought a successful end to the negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla group. Negotiations between the two sides had started in Havana four years ago, and agreement had been announced … Continue reading

UK withdrawal from the EU – Next steps

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva, Graphic: Christian Dietrich, The referendum held in the United Kingdom on 23 June on the question of whether to remain in, or leave, the European Union resulted in 51.9% of those voting (on a 71.8% turn-out) supporting withdrawal from the Union. Although, formally speaking, the referendum was consultative, the British Prime … Continue reading

Referendums on EU issues

Written by Laura Tilindyte, Referendums give citizens a direct say over matters which would otherwise be decided by elected (or non-elected) representatives. Thus, as instruments of direct democracy, they may foster citizens’ involvement and legitimise important decisions. In fact, referendums have been on the rise in Europe and elsewhere in the world in recent decades, … Continue reading

Constitutional referendum in Senegal – Shorter presidential term: a half-kept promise

Written by Eric Pichon, President Macky Sall decided to put constitutional changes to a referendum on 20 March 2016. The proposal includes a reduction of the presidential term length from seven to five years. Nevertheless President Sall, following the Constitutional Council’s opinion, declared the reduction could not apply to his current mandate: he would thus … Continue reading

Ask EP – Insight: New Commission, Ukraine-Russia, Scottish referendum

The election of the new European Commission has been a recurrent subject of interest for citizens in the past months, with the hearings of the Commissioners-designate in particular being a frequent topic. Citizens addressed the European Parliament to strongly express their opinions on the nomination of certain Commissioners-designate. Some complained about the suitability of specific … Continue reading

Topics and links – September 2014

Update: This post is available in all EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. In this issue: Scotland’s referendum, hearings of Commissioners, Sanctioning MEPs’ behavior, association agreement EU-Ukraine, free trade agreements TTIP/CETA.   In September 2014, citizens’ topics of particular interest ranged from the EU’s external relations (Ukraine, Russia) and trade … Continue reading

Topics and links − February 2014

What did the European Parliament decide regarding tobacco products and e-cigarettes? How does the European Parliament react to the Swiss referendum on introducing immigration quotas for EU citizens? Answers to these questions or other citizens’ concerns can be found by consulting our selection of links below. The following topics are based on questions and comments … Continue reading

Referenda in Member States

A national referendum may be considered direct democracy in its purest form. However for the majority of EU Member States it is a rarely used tool reserved only for matters of high constitutional importance such as accession to the EU. Excluding pre-accession votes, since 1992 only three Member States, Italy, Ireland and Slovenia, have held … Continue reading

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