Democratic Compact: Improving Democracy in Europe – DECIDE

Project Info

Timespan: 2013-2015
Origin of founding: Association of Local Democracy Agencies – ALDA, France
Partners: 16 Countries

Short Description:
DECIDE aims at developing, through the establishment of a thematic network of towns and by adopting a bottom-up approach, a democratic compact, namely a set of measures that are needed in Europe to increase the quality of democracy and citizen participation.

These measures will be identified, exchanged, further elaborated and tested by all the project partners. The partnership is composed of 24 partners from 14 countries: 4 countries of the “old” EU15, 6 countries accessing the EU between 2004 and 2007 and 4 IPA countries.


  • Empowering citizens to play a full part in the democratic life of the EU;
  • Developing a sense of European identity, based on common values, history and culture;
  • Fostering a sense of ownership of the European Union among its citizens;
  • Promoting intercultural dialogue;
  • Fostering citizens’ participation through volunteering;
  • Promoting equal opportunities;
  • Developing a thematic and long-lasting cooperation between towns;


Provided services

The main final outcomes of DECIDE:

  1.  The establishment of a thematic network of towns committed to increase the quality of democracy and citizen participation in the enlarged Europe
  2. The democratic compact, a set of measures which have been tested and that can be further disseminated and implemented.