‘Citizens deserve direct democracy’ – Żminijietna

FILE PHOTO: European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium March 19, 2019 REUTERS/Yves Herman

The Left think-tank organisation Żminijietna has stated that European citizens should have more rights to directly participate in the EU decision-making process. Żminijietna was addressing the upcoming European Elections.

The organisation praised the European Citizens’ Initiatives, stating that they were ‘a good example of direct democracy.’ However, it also mentioned that the, ‘European Commission is not obliged to propose legislation as a result of an initiative.’  

Żminijietna proposes that the prospective MEPs must strive for a Europe that protects the interests of all citizens, including minorities such as refugees, children and those living in poverty. It believes that prospective Maltese members for the European Parliament should work for a social, progressive and ecological Europe.

‘With regards to climate change, the leftist organisation urges the prospective Maltese MEPs to give importance to climate policies that empower communities, value the right to sustainable living and the right to renewable energy; ensuring that the fight against climate change interlinks with the struggles against poverty, gender inequity and socio-economic inequalities,’ the left wing group states.