International institutions play an increasingly important
role in the system of governance and their influence over national
policies has been constantly growing. The decisions taken in these
institutions are influence the lives of millions of citizens.
However, in most cases, these institutions suffer from a democratic
deficit which damages their image in the eyes of the public and
the efficiency of their activities. Citizens are often poorly informed
about decisions affecting them, and have insufficient means of expressing
their opinions. The imbalance between the growing power of international
institutions and the absence of democratic scrutiny of their activities
constitutes a major challenge for democracy.
The Assembly believes that parliamentarians must play a leading
part in implementing a democratic mechanism to control these international
institutions, and to this end proposes a series of measure to be
taken at national and international level.