The world economic crisis has accentuated symptoms of crisis
of democracy including lack of necessary regulation and political
control over financial interests and disinterest in the current
institutionalised procedures of democracy.
The report proposes a set of measures aimed at enhancing people’s
participation in the conduct of public affairs thus improving the
quality of democracy and promoting the common interest. They include
the elaboration of an additional protocol to the European Convention
on Human Rights guaranteeing the right to participate in the conduct
of public affairs as a human right and a fundamental political freedom.
The report also proposes to set up a Strasbourg democracy
forum as an umbrella structure providing an international reference
in the field of democracy and a laboratory for new ideas. The forum
should be led by a delegate for democracy in charge of disseminating
the Council of Europe’s message on democracy-related issues of major