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The useful map for citizens that I envision would show the interconnections between the main institutions (including their bureaucracies) and how these relate to the citizens in the member countries.

Our job would be to simplify and to help anyone understand the processes - 'at a glance'. People do not read Treaties (and why should they?) because they are framed in impenetrable language for legal reasons.

A well designed gestalt picture of the processes could not contain all that we need to know. But if we could come up with a basic visual representation, then that base picture could be used to overlay different ways of looking at the EU.

As examples, the same base picture could be used to show the election processes, the flow of funds, the budgets of bureaucracies, the initiatives such as REACH, inter-member trade, etc etc

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 06:00:19 AM EST
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So for instance... say I give you

[Citizens] elect [National Government]
[Citizens] elect [European Parliament]
[National government] is represented in [European Council]
[European Council] nominates [Commission President]
[European Parliament] approves [Commission President]
[Commission President] and [European Council] nominate [European Commission]
[European Parliament] approves [European Commission]

Give me a map.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 06:06:32 AM EST
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Give me a little time...

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Jun 14th, 2008 at 06:29:36 AM EST
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