Action Committee for European Democracy
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As follow-up to the successful work of the Action Committee for European Democracy (ACED) in contributing to the debate leading to the Lisbon Reform Treaty, the ACED aims to continue its involvement in promoting public debate on democracy ofm and across, the European Union.
The ACED is a group of high-ranking political personalities who first met together in September 2006 in the face of the failed Treaty on a Constitution for Europe in order to contribute to the reflection phase the Heads of State and Government had called on.
In a press conference in Brussels on 4 June 2007, the ACED presented a declaration and a feasibility study for an alternative Treaty, stressing above all the need for legibility and comprehensibility for citizens.
After the signature of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2007, the Reform Treaty must be ratified by all 27 Member States. The ACED’s goal for the coming months is to encourage debate on the New Treaty, to involve civil society, to promote the understanding of European processes and thus to augment support and democratic legitimacy of European Union reforms.
To this end, the members of the Committee will make individual appearances in the media and the ACED will hold a number of public events of different format in some of the Member States.
The ACED is funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and hosted by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies which provides the ACED with scientific and administrative support.
The ACED is assisted by a Scientific Board composed of experts from across Europe.
For more information contact Eva Heidbreder