Danubius International Conferences, 6th International Conference on European Integration - Realities and Perspectives

Democracy at the local level

Alexandru Georgeta Dana, Olteanu Mihaela
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Date: 2011-05-13 03:30 PM – 05:00 PM
Last modified: 2011-05-10


The modalities of citizen participation in the decision-making process of inter-community structures or associations are formulated as principles, general rules. The democratic deficit of such structures is denounced in many European states.

 Although the main purpose of these associations is to streamline and increase efficiency of local management to the citizens' benefit, the citizens have no means of determining or influencing the exercise of competencies by the local government/authority.

The objective of this topic is to analyze the experience of the associations’ evolution in the European space, predominantly in Romania, based on the reports of European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy and Romanian legislation.

The purpose of this analysis is to draw lessons and recommendations for effective citizen participation in the inter-community. The citizens’ participation represents an issue of concern for many states, and is taken into consideration in the analysis of the services offered.


Keywords: citizen, democracy, local autonomy, inter-community.