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I think the main question is what can be questioned at each instance and to whom.

My first reacion at seeing this programme is that it is a pre-crisis liberal democracy programme. Nothing about the Commission and the ECB running member states into the ground. Maybe in the plenary sessions (though I doubt it).

So I would look at the sessions from the perspective of where to ask uncomfortable questions about the scope and relevance of a democratic discussion that misses that several memberstates (and effectively their representation in the Council) is put under the guardianship of EU federal institutions that has little to none public input. Don't know where that is though. 2,4,5 if I had to guess.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Nov 25th, 2013 at 02:22:23 AM EST
Re: Uncomfortable Question

Can always ask why the ECB is imposing Economic Policies straight from looney-ville.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Nov 27th, 2013 at 01:37:31 PM EST
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The PC answer should be that ECB operates independent from the EU and that they can't possibly answer on that, them being EU representatives and all.

But methinks you overestimate the level of such general understanding on this conference.

Pointy questions on the opprobrium of tolerating EU citizen input with almost enough political leverage to make a dent in a lump of butter, these would likely be more appropriate.

Examination and answer - The procedure step by step - European Citizens' Initiative - European Commission

The Commission is not obliged to propose legislation as a result of an initiative. If the Commission decides to put forward a legislative proposal in response to a citizens' initiative, this proposal is submitted to the legislator (generally the European Parliament and the Council or in some cases only the Council) and, if adopted, it becomes law.
by Bjinse on Thu Nov 28th, 2013 at 08:49:40 AM EST
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