Find your own channels for influencing

Demokratia.fi provides up-to-date information about how matters are prepared at the local, national and EU level. Follow the preparation and have your say!

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Discover the different channels for influencing

The decision-making process is different in municipalities, the government and the European Union. This section introduces you to these processes and to the different channels for influencing them.

Decision-making
in municipalities

Municipal residents and service users have the right to participate in and influence the activities of their municipality. A municipality may freely decide how to execute this duty in practice.

Initiatives and
initiation of matters

Preparation and
decision-making

Decision-making
in counties

The future counties will be led by county councils elected by residents. The councils will decide on the counties' activities, finances and administration.

Preparation and
desicion-making

Preparation at
the government level

State authorities must consult with citizens, for example during the law drafting process. Citizens must be given an opportunity to protect their rights and interests and to influence decision-making on matters affecting them. By launching a citizens’ initiative, you can propose that a new act be enacted or that an act in force be amended or repealed.

Initiatives and
initiation of matters

Preparation and
decision-making

Decision-making in the European Union

The European Council defines the EU's overall political direction and priorities. The European Commission uses these general policies as a basis for proposing new EU legislation. The European Parliament reviews the Commission's legislative proposal and makes a decision on it together with the Council of Ministers.

Initiatives and
initiation of matters

Preparation and
desicion-making

Current issues

Keep track of and support the most recent initiatives. Take part in discussions and consultations.
Read more about legislative projects.

Supporting participation

Suomi.fi provides information about citizens' fundamental rights, participation and civic activity, voting and channels for influencing. The site also offers a guide to voluntary work.
The elections website Vaalit.fi provides up-to-date information about elections, voting and political parties. The election results service is also available on the website.
The website of the Ministry of Justice provides up-to-date information on democracy policy, citizens' fundamental rights, law drafting and the development of legislative policy.
Finlex.fi is an online database of up-to-date Finnish acts and decrees, court decisions, other official decisions, treaties and government proposals.
Avoinhallinto.fi provides information and materials to support the development of openness and transparency in government. The website is maintained by the Ministry of Finance.
Equality.fi is a database containing information and materials on equality, non-discrimination and good relations. The database is maintained by the Ministry of Justice.