Petar Markovic is the director of the ECIT Foundation, the only think-tank in Brussels devoted exclusively to the research, advocacy and promotion of European citizenship. He holds a double PhD in political theory and political science from the Free University of Brussels and LUISS in Rome and is a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford. Petar now strives to put his academic work on transnational democratic innovations countering the democratic deficit of the EU into practice by advocating for citizen-led politics beyond the confines of nation states. Beyond the EU, he is also devoted to the Western Balkans and its democratization. Half-Slovenian and half-Montenegrin, he prefers to be called simply – European.