Slovakia: new group of activists
In March 2012 democracy activists founded the group OZ PD (Direct Democracy Association) in Bratislava to realise citizen-friendly referenda. Also they launched the Petition for a better Slovakia with the goal of improving Slovakia’s legislation for referenda. The campaign is gathering momentum in Slovakia.
The activists around Paul Pirovits and Marián Orávik use the current referendum law to realise their aim. This strategy is called “referendum about the referendum”. It was applied by Mehr Demokratie in Germany successfully several times, yet only on the regional level. Slovakia is among the few EU countries where activists apply this approach to the national level.