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Ка европском грађанству
Toward European Citizenship

Author(s): Vesna R. Stanković Pejnović
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Универзитет у Нишу
Keywords: citizenship; European identity; nationality; Treaty of Lisbon; participation of citizens

Summary/Abstract: EU institutions if focused to fulfill three functional conditions: European citi-zenship society, European public and political culture shared by all Europeans. The problem of European citizenship as a political project of construction of an European demos encounters many difficulties and contradictions, and the Treaty of Lisbon links the realization of European citizenship with the spreading of democracy, which has been at the roots of the European integration process from the originally projected model of representative democracy to the model of participative and immediate (direct) democracy. For this reason, the “European citizens’ initiative” is an important innovation which provides a new stimulus to the realization of the European citizenship concept. For the first time citizens would have direct influence and high citizen’s consciousness together with developed network of civil organizations. Abstract European citizenship can promote and articulate European civil society. It remains uncertain, however, how firmly this political idea can be established if in some of the EU member-states citizens are still treated as nationals.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 1271-1288
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Croatian