The citizen should be at the centre of the entire debate on the future of the EU. Democracy and accountability are fundamental concepts for European citizenship. In order to implement these principles, a key role has to be played by the European Commission, which is the guardian of the Treaties. The Commission, as the institution which has the monopoly of legislative initiative, also plays a pivotal role of balancing the various forces and interests that make up the EU. This balancing act must be carried out in parallel with the more effective implementation of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, in pursuit of more democratic and participatory governance of the EU.