European HomeParliaments, 5th round

Does Europe’s Democracy need a fundamental update?5th round of the European HomeParliaments. Citizens in 17 EU countries discussed three concrete reform proposals to improve and strengthen Europe’s democracy. 16 EU politicians from six parties respond to the participants’ wishes and ideas.

These were the HomeParliaments 2022

From 29 January to 03 April 2022, around 600 people in small, private groups in 17 EU countries discussed whether Europe’s democracy needs a fundamental update. More than half of the discussions took place in analogue form. The rest digital.

Numerous HomeParliaments also took place in cross-border teams. . Thereby, the HomeParliaments made a concrete contribution to the cross-border European dialogue. Either people were matched to each other by a matching process or the participants encouraged their acquaintances from other countries to get involved.

In May and June 2022, 16 EU politicians will take a position on the voting results

These politicians react live to the results.
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Greens / EFA
Franziska Brantner

Franziska Brantner

Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield

Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield

Results of the 5th round

"Does Europe's Democracy need a fundamental update?

94.8 percentof the European HomeParliamentarians, after discussing the various aspects, were in favour of Europe’s democracy needing a fundamental update.

590 participants
400 results received
73 approvals
3 abstentions
1 Rejection

Should the principle of unanimity in the Council of the European Union be abolished and replaced by qualified majority voting?

Average: 7,4

The most important argument for abolishing the principle of unanimity is the increased capacity to act.which can result from it. Without the requirement for unanimity, decisions can be made more quickly and decisively – an advantage, especially in times of crisis. The abolition of the veto creates confidence in the EU’s ability to act.

The most important counter-argument mentioned was the risk of power imbalances between large and small states. Smaller EU member states could feel left out. Therefore, the unanimity principle safeguards national sovereignty and independence.

"Should a representative citizens' council advise the EU institutions on fundamental decisions?"

Average: 5,6

Most participants agree that a representative citizens’ council creates proximity and can strengthen trust in European democracy.

The most common argument among both the hesitant and the enthusiastic questions the criteria for such a measure. For instance, participants argued that the selection process should be carefully defined and not all issues should be presented to the citizens’ committee.

Furthermore, the participants feared that the citizens’ councils – if they have more than just an advisory function – would enter into direct competition with the European Parliament. or that this would place high demands on the citizens involved. Participants also stressed that citizens’ councils should be protected from external influences and should not become thetarget of lobbying.

Should the European Parliament be able to propose and initiative its own legislation in addition to the EU Commission?

Average: 7,5

The main argument put forward by those in favor of the right of initiative was that it would strengthen European democracy. By granting the European Parliament the right, its role in the power structure of the EU would be substantially strengthened. This has the direct consequence of giving European decisions greater legitimacy. Moreover, the “royal right” of a people’s representation carries a strong symbolism.

Critics of the right of initiative for the European Parliament point to a more difficult and complex path to lawmaking. Duplicate competences would not only lengthen procedures, but also weaken the influence of the EU Commission. Critics underline that the distribution of power between the institutions is crucial and already see a well-functioning process in the current configuration.

Portraits of our dialogue partners of the 5th round

Katarina Barley


Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield

Greens / EFA

Nicola Beer

Renew Europe

Martin Schirdewan


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