The political system of the EU is based on functioning institutions and on the principle of democracy. In the triangle of Commission, Council and Parliament, the roles of each institution are clearly defined. Increasingly, the involvement of national parliaments and direct participation of citizens play a role in strengthening democracy at the EU-level. In this dynamic policy field, we at the Jacques Delors Centre put forward innovative proposals for institutional reforms and stronger democratic procedures. We also analyse the development and implications of broader political trends such as differentiated integration and Eurosceptic populism. We participate in transnational projects, like the H2020 project EU IDEA (EU Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability) and the “Observatoire politique du Parlement européen” of the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris.
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