Numerous citizens believe they have no influence on decisions made by EU politicians and bureaucrats so the EU’s three main institutions – the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament – have launched an online platform where citizens can offer their proposals on topics important for the bloc.
“More is expected of Croatia and Croats because so far they have reported 25 events and made 500 proposals and around 100 comments on our platform,” Šuica, Commissioner for Democracy and Demography, told the Yammat FM radio station.
She considers these figures to be low.
“We (Croatians) like to speak when it is too late,” she said, calling on Croatian citizens to present their ideas on the Conference on the Future of Europe website.
Debates can be organised by citizens and groups of citizens at county and local levels and conclusions can be reported on the digital platform by the end of the year.
“Their ideas will be taken into account in an analysis next spring,” Šuica promised.
On Friday, she opened in Strasbourg the last of four panels at which randomly chosen EU citizens discuss topics relevant for the EU.
Among the 200 EU citizens whose travel and accommodation expenses as well as daily allowances have been paid for are three Croatians – two pensioners and a student, from Istria and Zadar- They will present their opinions on the EU in the world and migration at the panel, to last until Monday.
In September and October, 800 EU citizens have taken part in the panels, after which additional online panels will follow. Their proposals are expected to be formulated into a proposal to the European Commission in spring.
Šuica claims that the EC will take those proposals into account, mostly when making laws.
“The main purpose of this conference is to debunk the myth about the Brussels bubble and make EU citizens participants in the creation of European policies, so they can see that they themselves can influence the final outcome,” she said.
“Until now people thought that that was not possible or happened only here. That’s not true but such is the perception,” she said.
Fifty-eight percent of Croatians do not trust the EU and only 38% trust it, shows a survey by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, conducted in September 2020.
On average, 47% of EU citizens trust the EU while 45% do not.
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