Europe's Global Direct Democracy Think-Tank
The Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe (IRI Europe) is a transnational think-tank dedicated to research and education on the procedures and practices of modern direct democracy.
IRI Europe is a non-partisan, non-profit association with headquarters in Marburg/Germany and brings together some of the top experts and practitioners of the initiative and referendum process across Europe and the world.
2015 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy
Since 2008 the Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe has been instrumental in setting up the first global network of direct democracy professionals.
The next Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy is to take place in the capital of Tunisia, Tunis, from 14 to 17 May 2015. The event will be the 5th World Conference on Active Citizenship and Participative Democracy, following the previous 2012 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy held in Montevideo, Uruguay.
- 2015 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy in Tunis (Democracy International)
- 2012 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy in Montevideo: "Montevideo Declaration"
People Power in Bulgaria
Bringing the citizens onto the political center stage! Together with Balkan Assist, the Sofia Institute for Direct Democracy, and supported by the Bulgarian-Swiss Cooperation Programme, IRI Europe is partnering the project ”Direct Democracy in Bulgaria – Possibilities and Challenges”.
It includes educational and training features for local and regional partners and is intended to increase the democratic capacities of all involved stakeholders. Bulgaria has been a member state of the European Union since 2008 and has a population of approx. 7.5 million people. In 2009 it introduced a first set of direct-democratic procedures at the national level. Read more about the prospects and limits of modern people power in Bulgaria.