How to Rejuvenate European Decision-making?
Associate professor at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, and research fellow at HAS CSS Institute for Legal Studies, Budapest
This paper discusses the possibility of rejuvenating EU decision-making through introducing a new parliamentary form of children’s and young citizens’ participation. It does so by (1) considering possible approaches to children’s active membership in the political community, and (2) reviewing some institutional models of their participation in political decision-making. The second half of the paper (3) looks at existing forms of young citizens’ participation in political decisions at the European level, and (4) argues for a European Youth Parliament, also responding to two possible objections.
* The author would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Grant Agency of the Czech Academy of Sciences through a project on ‘Taking age discrimination seriously’ (grant ID: 17–26629S) awarded to the Institute of State and Law of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Centre for Law and Public Affairs (CeLAPA), created under subsidies for a long-term conceptual development (RVO: 68378122).