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The moral notion of common goods

THE GLOCAL / Citizens' councils can revitalize Europe. Their success depends both on their ability to strengthen the EU's participatory political processes, and on greater responsiveness to citizens' local communities. Here we look at how the first "European Commons Assembly" provided an opportunity for information-based political reforms together – based on social and ecological sustainability.

This article was translated by Google and R.E.

With author David Hammerstein

In May 2016 voted The European Parliament over a change to "recognize energy as a common good" as part of a report on decentralized local production: "New agreement for energy consumers". Although the amendment was voted down by 298 votes to 345, this vote shows that almost half of Europe's democratically elected representatives see energy as a common good.

The amendment was proposed by the Commons Intergroup, part of the European Parliament's group for "common goods and public services" – ie members of the European Parliament from various political groups, mainly the Greens and the United Left (GUE / NGL) and several members of the Socialists & Democrats Group (S&D).

In mid-November 2016 was citizens' councila European Commons Assembly organized in collaboration with the Commons Intergroup of the European Parliament, to promote the establishment of creative institutions and political alternatives, from the local to the European level. In the convening notice, citizens from all over Europe wrote: "We urge governments, local and national, as well as EU institutions, to facilitate citizen councils, to eliminate barriers and obstacles, to open doors for citizen participation, and to prioritize what is best for the community in all politics. "[1]

Citizens' Council in Europe

Today, however, the dominant discourses that permeate all political discussions in the EU are about economic growth, competitiveness and efficiency. Most EU policy is concentrated on macroeconomic indicators and the promotion of large commercial. . .

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