1. Introduction

The European Union is often described as a distant, inaccessible institution. In fact, there are many tools and opportunities for European citizens to be actively involved in influencing the work of EU institutions. 

Furthermore, over the last few years, EU institutions have strongly committed to promoting openness, transparency, and the dissemination of information about their work. These general principles are reaffirmed in article 10.3 of the Lisbon Treaty, which states that every citizen has the right to participate in the democratic life of the Union, and for that purpose EU decisions must be taken in as transparent a way as possible. 



In this module, we will review the best-known European Parliament engagement tools dedicated to EU citizens, and you will learn from the experience of civil society organisations and key stakeholders how to advocate for better and more efficient anti-discrimination measures in Europe.

Watch this video and discover how European citizens can make their voice heard: