43. Citizens’ Assembly motion must be binding

Any policy, debated by a Citizens’ Assembly must be legally binding unless 2/3 of the Parliament voted against it. If petitions collect the required no. of votes – they have to be debated at the next Citizens’ Assembly. Citizens’ Assembly can play an important role in a new system of democracy, such as Consensual Presidential Democracy, since it allows for blending of a representative and a direct democracy. However, to have a real impact on a country’s politics, it needs to be accompanied by a legally binding procedure, such as in Taiwan or Canada, so that a parliament discusses and eventually implements the legislation proposed in a petition. To know more, please read here: Citizens’ Petitions – Euro Agora (sustensis.co.uk).