Originally published by Carnegie Europe

The EU could benefit from tapping into the smart ideas behind its many successful local projects, and then adapting them to benefit other member states.

Improving EU democracy is high on the agenda at the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe, a two-year consultation proposed by the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. Will the radical reforms needed to improve European democracy really be on the table, given the forcefulness of those attacking them?

When debating democratic reform in Europe, it is important to keep in mind three benchmarks of success. First, public decision-making processes must address society’s challenges more effectively and inclusively. Second, democratic institutions should be redesigned to encourage political innovation. Finally, any new measures, experiments, policies, or rules that have been proven to work should move swiftly through the political system and be put into practice.

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