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Question Value
Legal provisions for mandatory referendums at national level
  • No
Legal provisions for optional referendums at national level
  • No
Legal provisions for citizens' initiatives at national level
  • No
Legal provisions for agenda initiatives at national level
  • No
Legal provisions for recall at national level
  • No
Legal provisions for direct democracy at the regional level
  • Mandatory referendum
  • Optional referendum
  • Citizens' initiative
  • Agenda initiative
  • Recall
Legal provisions for direct democracy at the local level
  • Optional referendum
  • Citizens' initiative
  • Recall
Legal basis for direct democracy at the national level
  • Not applicable
Legal basis for administrative requirements at the national level
  • Not applicable
Who administers direct democracy mechanisms at the national level?
  • Not applicable
First referendum/initiative held
  • Not applicable
Has there been a national referendum since 1980?
  • No

Question Value
Issues in relation to which referendums are mandatory at the national level
    Issues in relation to which referendums are optional at the national level
      Issues excluded from being the subject of referendums at the national level
        Issues of sub-national referendums regulated at the national level
          Who can initiate an optional referendum at the national level?
            Who drafts the referendum question?
              Who decides on the final form of the ballot text?
                Quorum requirements for a referendum to be valid
                  Requirements for a referendum to pass
                    Are referendum results binding?

                      Question Value
                      Issues that can be proposed by citizens using the initiative process at the national level
                        Issues excluded from being the subject of an initiative at the national level
                          Who may propose the registration of an initiative?
                            Materials to accompany an application for registration
                              Who determines the title of an initiative?
                                What disqualifies a proposed title of an initiative?
                                  Who is responsible for checking the legality of initiatives?
                                    At which stage legality check is conducted?
                                      Who decides the final ballot text when the initiative is put to a vote?
                                        When does voting take place once an initiative is qualified for ballot?

                                          Question Value
                                          Which individuals/positions may be subject to the recall?
                                            What are the grounds for recall?
                                              What restrictions are there in relation to the time period in which an individual or position can be recalled?
                                                When is the recall put to the vote?
                                                  When does the election to replace an individual who has been recalled take place?
                                                    Can an individual who is the subject of a recall stand on the ballot for his/her own replacement?

                                                      Question Value
                                                      How many signatures are required to start the formal decision making stage of a direct democracy mechanism?
                                                        What is the deadline for collecting required number of signatures?
                                                          Restrictions in relation to the individuals who can sign the proposal
                                                            Where can proposals be signed?
                                                              What information must signatories provide when signing the proposal?
                                                                Restrictions in relation to signature collection
                                                                  What forms of checks are undertaken to verify signatures?
                                                                    Who checks the signatures?