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Location
Belgium
Scope of Operations & Activities
National
Sector
Non-Profit or Non Governmental
General Issues
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Specific Topics
Public Participation
Government Transparency
Political Parties
General Types of Methods
Informal participation
Direct democracy
Community development, organizing, and mobilization
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Inform, educate and/or raise awareness
Propose and/or develop policies, ideas, and recommendations
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Petition

ORGANIZATION

Meer Democratie

First Submitted By Paul Nollen

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Location
Belgium
Scope of Operations & Activities
National
Sector
Non-Profit or Non Governmental
General Issues
name:general_issues-key:undefined
Specific Topics
Public Participation
Government Transparency
Political Parties
General Types of Methods
Informal participation
Direct democracy
Community development, organizing, and mobilization
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Inform, educate and/or raise awareness
Propose and/or develop policies, ideas, and recommendations
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Petition

Meer Democratie - formerly Democratie nu - advocates for for the use of Direct Democracy in Belgium; specifically, the introduction of the binding referendum on citizen's initiatives.


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Mission and Purpose

Meer Democratie advocates for the introduction of Direct Democracy in Belgium. They do not want to abolish parliament, but, rather, to introduce several reforms:

  • 'Binding Referendum On Citizens' Initiatives' whereby every citizen can submit (legislative) proposals for the polity to vote on
  • Mandatory referendums on important decisions (constitutional amendments, EU treaties, etc.)
  • Direct election of officials (mayors, governors, prime ministers)
  • Improvement of the electoral system (no electoral thresholds for small parties, candidates all selected at the national level)
  • Improvements to the petition law and citizens' initiative (feasible signature thresholds, online signature-gathering and submission, etc.)
  • Separation of powers and reductions of party-politics
  • Reform of party financing
  • Increased transparency
  • More democratic experimentation/innovation (eg. e-democracy, citizens' assemblies, etc.)
  • Democratization of the European Union [1]

Origins and Development 

Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding

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External Links

Official Website (Dutch)

Official Website (English)

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