The European Union is a great "democratic experiment", based on a system of democratic institutions and practices which are not able to be considered simply as a copy of those already exsisting within the Member States.
Therefore, from an institutional, political, and social point of view, it is a place of innovation, to which the utmost attention must be given.
European citizenship, established in 1993, is the first modern citizenship that does not originate from a nation state and that presents anomalies and elements of innovation compared to the traditional model of democratic citizenship.
The Foundation is committed to studying its development by promoting and implementing activities regarding the forms and contents of European citizenship, the role of civic organizations, citizen participation in policy making, dialogue between European institutions and citizens, the welfare system, and “Citizenship effects” linked to the introduction of the single currency.
FONDACA main relevant areas of work:
- Forms and content of European citizenship
- Role of civic organizations
- Participation of citizens in community policy making
- Dialogue between European institutions and citizens
- Welfare systems
- Effects on citizenship resulting from the introduction of the single currency