The fall and rise of Cyprus

May 22, 2013

Written by group 3: O-P Asikainen and Maria Averina

The Eurogroup finally reached an agreement about the Cyprus stimulus package in March, which may just save the country’s ailing economy. But how did the situation ever get so bad in the first place?

The financial crisis in Cyprus didn’t arrive overnight. The subprime mortgage crisis in United States in 2007 had far-reaching effects on a global scale, which left some economies vulnerable. Cyprus quickly started to head towards a recession, with especially its important tourism industry suffering badly. The country might well have survived its weakening economy and rising unemployment, but then its large offshore banking industry got affected in 2011 by the Greek government-debt crisis, nearly collapsing the banks and sending the whole economy into a nosedive.

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Most of the Finns want to stay with euro ­– but what would happen if we didn’t?

May 22, 2013

Group 1: Anni Emilia Alentola & Joonas Heinonen

Majority of the both, Finnish economic experts and the citizens, does not consider giving up euro as a good idea.

Last July the leading Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat asked from 23 Finnish economic experts should Finland abandon euro and go back to our own currency. 18 out of 23 answered no, three answered yes and two answered cannot tell.

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People can soon suggest European laws

March 23, 2012

Group 5; Elina Kilpi, Heidi Söyrinki, Minna Rajainmäki

The citizens of European Union have soon a possibility to suggest new EU laws. If an organization or a group of individuals is able to collect at least million names for an initiative, a European Commission is obliged to process the proposal. The European Citizen’s initiative (ECI) was proposed already 2009 in Lisbon Treaty. It will come into force the first of April 2012.

The names have to be collected within a year and only from persons who are eligible to vote in the European Parliament election. The signers should come from at least seven member states. Read the rest of this entry »

A step forward in the democratic life of the European Union

March 23, 2012

On the 15th of December 2010 The European Commission approved the idea of participation of European citizens in the legislation process.  That innovation assigns Citizens’ Committee from the representatives of at least seven Member States bring forward legislative proposals.

Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Inter-institutional Relations and Administration, called the Citizens’ Initiative a new form of participatory democracy to the EU that will bring Europe closer to its citizens. Read the rest of this entry »

Citizens’ initiative brings direct democracy to the European Union

March 23, 2012

Group1: Julia Virtala, Ossi Mansikka, Matti Vesikansa, Brian Otieno

The European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) brings democracy out from Brussels to every citizen’s doorstep. It was approved of by the European Parliament and the Council on 15th of December 2011 and it is expected to come into force on April 1st, 2012. From then on, the citizens of the European Union will have equal rights as a majority in The European Parliament and the Member states; to set the agenda for the whole union.

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European Citizens’ Initiative brings desicion making closer to people

March 23, 2012

Elina Rimpiläinen, Linda Finell

Starting from April 1, European citizens’ can directly influence EU legislation. European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), a part of the Lisbon Treaty, gives ordinary citizens the opportunity to bring legislative proposals forward to the European Commission.

ECI proposals can be made in the fields that the Commission has legislative power, such as environment, agriculture, transport or public health, and should not conflict with the fundamental values of the European Union.

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EU welcomes citizens to change the legislation

March 23, 2012

Written by Group 2: Johanna Nykopp, Jenni Tepsa, Anna Vanninen

Citizens are allowed to suggest directly new EU legislations after the 1st of April 2012. However, the new opportunity for citizens to participate in the EU legislation doesn’t obligate the EU Commission to any actions. In Finland, the citizen initiative already is in action. Read the rest of this entry »

EU starts taking citizen law initiatives in at the 1st of April

March 23, 2012

by Aleksi Vihunen & Ville Matilainen (group 3)

Waited since the Lisboan treaty ratified in 2009, the European Union takes one step closer to the model of straight democracy announcing the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) active at the April Fool’s Day. The ECI allows the citizens of European Unions have an effect on legislative proposals formerly made strictly by the European Commission. 

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EU comes closer to its citizens on April

March 23, 2012

by Petra Piitulainen and Minna-Riikka Härkönen (Group 4)

European citizens can propose new EU laws from first of April. The European Commission can consider citizens’ initiatives, which get not less than seven nationalities and one million people behind them. Is Citizens’ Initiative solution to negative atmosphere in EU? Read the rest of this entry »

EU citizens can suggest new EU legislation for the first time

March 23, 2012

By Hannele Järvelä and Anniina Makkonen (group 7)

The European Citizen’s Initiative allows citizens to participate in EU legislation. The first initiatives can be considered from early 2012.

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