About Meer Democratie

About Meer Democratie

Meer Democratie (‘More Democracy’) is a movement campaigning for improving and deepening democracy in the Netherlands and Europe. We want the citizens to be in charge in our democracy.

Our aims are: 

  • the introduction of binding citizen-initiated referendums and popular initiatives (as in Switzerland)
  • introduction of direct elections for mayors, king’s commissioners and the prime minister
  • opening up public appointments for all citizens, not just members of the established political parties (as is the case in the Netherlands now)
  • introduction of a mixed voting system (as in Germany) that ensures parliamentarians have a direct mandate from their voters
  • better rules for petitions and citizen initiatives
  • the introduction of ‘community rights’ (as in the UK) for initiatives who perform public tasks
  • better information rights for citizens
  • a fundamental reform of the European Union

Meer Democratie was launched in the beginning of 2015. However, prior to that its forerunner the Referendum Platform achieved considerable successes with the introduction of referendum and initiative rights in the Netherlands as well (read about them here). We have been a driving force behind the national referendum law that has gone into force on July 1st, 2015 (see English summary here). 

On April 6, 2016, the first citizen-initiated referendum already took place, on the association treaty that the EU wants to conclude with the Ukraine. Read an English language analysis on this referendum here.

We are non-partisan and financed largely by donations from individuals and grants. We are members of Democracy International, the international alliance for direct democracy.

Staff

  • Niesco Dubbelboer, coordinator
  • Arjen Nijeboer, campaigner

Board

  • Eisse Kalk, chairman
  • Erik Bout, secretary
  • Kasper van Noppen, treasurer

Contact

Meer Democratie
Herengracht 406A
1017 BX Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone +31 20 638 0558
Email info@meerdemocratie.nl

 

Contact

Meer Democratie
Herengracht 406A
1017 BX Amsterdam
Tel 020 - 638 0558
info@meerdemocratie.nl

 

Bankrekening

IBAN:
NL61 RABO 0175 2462 38

BIC: RABONL2U

Meer Democratie is partnerorganisatie van Democracy International.

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