Leaders of the EU have repeatedly reaffirmed that Brussels regards Ukraine as part of the European family (bit.ly/1z99Q7j), . // The Dutch referendum was not about EU membership. // Participatory democracy is one of the principles on which the working of the European Union is founded (bit.ly/1Qh8dX3), . The right to submit a citizens’ initiative is enshrined in the Treaty on European Union. Such instruments are also available to citizens in the majority of the Member States, be it at national, regional or local level (bit.ly/1qSxCBN), .