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Don't waste Arab Spring’s historic chance, D'Alema warns -

EurActiv.com 14 June 2011: Europe must be more assertive in its foreign policy, especially by unambiguously supporting the Arab revolutions, otherwise it risks wasting an historic opportunity which could later count against it, said former Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema in an exclusive interview with EurActiv.



Croatia closes final EU accession chapters -

theParliament.com 14 June 2011: European enlargement and neighbourhood policy commissioner Štefan Füle has announced that Croatia has completed its EU accession negotiations.



MEPs in fresh appeal to abolish Strasbourg seat -

theParliament.com 9 June 2011: MEPs have overwhelmingly called for parliament to end its monthly relocation between Brussels and Strasbourg, which is said to cost around €200m and emit 20,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.



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1. The institutions shall, by appropriate means, give citizens and representative associations the opportunity to make known and publicly exchange their views in all areas of Union action.

2. The institutions shall maintain an open, transparent and regular dialogue with representative associations and civil society.

3. The European Commission shall carry out broad consultations with parties concerned in order to ensure that the Union's actions are coherent and transparent.

4. Not less than one million citizens who are nationals of a significant number of Member States may take the initiative of inviting the European Commission, within the framework of its powers, to submit any appropriate proposal on matters where citizens consider that a legal act of the Union is required for the purpose of implementing the Treaties.

The procedures and conditions required for such a citizens' initiative shall be determined in accordance with the first paragraph of Article 21 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.