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  • Water rights e-petition first to get 1 million signatures

    News | Sustainable Development 11-02-2013

    Organisers of a European Citizens’ Initiative that seeks to halt sales of public water utilities say they have gathered one million signatures from across Europe, becoming the first such group to do so since the grass-roots efforts were launched last spring.

  • Citizens’ Initiative ready to collect signatures via Commission servers

    News | Digital 29-10-2012

    Fraternité 2020, the first registered European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), began collecting statements of support on the European Commission's own servers on Friday (26 October), after server problems delayed the petition for months.

  • Server problems still haunting EU’s first ‘citizens’ initiatives’

    News | Public Affairs 12-07-2012

    Fraternité 2020, the first registered European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), will start collecting signatures as soon as the organisers have overcome server problems. The organisers from the Citizens’ Committee still maintain the goal of collecting one million signatures from all over Europe by May 2013.

  • IT problems hinder first EU citizen’s petitions

    News | Public Affairs 15-06-2012

    The first six European Citizens’ Initiatives (ECIs) in EU history have launched campaigns and are collecting signatures, but it’s at the moment impossible to support an ECI online due to what one group calls "severe" problems.

  • EU rejects first citizen’s petition, on nuclear power

    News | Energy 13-06-2012

    For the first time, the European Commission has rejected a proposed European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), one that sought to phase out the use of all nuclear energy within the EU.

  • Citizens’ Initiative ‘not a Eurocrats’ matter’

    News | Future EU 04-04-2012

    A conference held last Friday (30 March) by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Committee of the Regions called for European Citizens’ Initiatives to be taken up by actors outside the Brussels bubble. They stressed in particular the need for petition organisers to work with local authorities and stakeholders ahead of the 2014 European elections.

  • Belgians submit Citizens’ Initative to make ‘frites’ their own

    News | Future EU 01-04-2012

    Belgium's attempt at registering the ubiquitous ‘frites’ as a traditional specialty protected under EU law received a boost today (1 April) when the ‘Brussels Frites Forum’ prepared to formally register a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with over one million signatures.

  • EU, from April 1, will allow citizens to propose laws

     Video | Promoted content | Future EU 29-03-2012

    It is not an April Fool's joke. It is finally happening. After years of talks, the EU will launch on the 1st of April the European Citizens initiative. The programme will enable people to propose new laws. Citizens will need to collect one million signatures from at least 7 different member states.

  • European petitions in search for ‘helpdesk’ anchored in civil society

    News | Future EU 26-03-2012

    The new European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) will be launched on 1 April 2012, beginning a new era for participative democracy in Europe. At a conference on 20 March, several challenging questions were raised to EU Institutions: Are member states ready? Is there enough communication? Are ECIs relevant to the 2014 elections? Could there be a neutral civil society helpdesk to assist initiators?

  • Commission fleshes out working of citizens’ initiative

    News | Future EU 27-01-2012

    The European Commission unveiled a new website yesterday (26 January) for the European Citizens' Initiative and detailed the procedure for their acceptance. 

  • EU presents e-petition project

     Video | Promoted content | Future EU 26-01-2012

    The European Commission is gearing up to launch an ambitious plan that seeks to make the European Union more democratic.
    From the 1st of April, any citizen of a member state of the EU can introduce an initiative to get his or her idea turned into EU law. To make that happen, they need one million signatures from at least seven countries. This European Citizens' Initiative enables citizens to participate more actively in Europe's democratic life.
    ?Brussels hopes the ECI will boost transparency and increases the quality of European democracy.

  • Citizens’ Initiative: Trust collective wisdom

    Opinion | EU Priorities 2020 26-01-2012

    The European Union will soon launch the European Citizens' Initiative, a new tool to enhance participatory democracy and dialogue between the EU institutions and citizens. Staffan Nilsson, president of the European Economic and Social Committee, is confident that the instrument will empower Europeans to deliver collective wisdom.

  • Pressure mounts ahead of first EU citizens’ petitions

    News | Public Affairs 01-07-2011

    Stakeholders are stepping up their preparations for the launch next year of the European Citizens' Initiative, the EU's first attempt at cross-border direct democracy. But the lack of funding and progress made on putting in place national systems to manage the tool is threatening to delay the first petitions, which are slated for registration from 1 April.

  • The European Citizens’ Initiative

    Policy Brief | Public Affairs 10-02-2011

    The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) is the EU's foremost instrument of direct democracy and the first of its kind in a transnational context. Introduced by the Lisbon Treaty, will be used from 1 April 2012.

  • The European Citizens’ Initiative: Next step, implementation

    Opinion | Public Affairs 16-12-2010

    The rules for the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) will place politically sensitive burdens on the European Commission while offering the European Parliament new opportunities to engage with its voters, argue Corina Stratulat and Janis A. Emmanouilidis, analysts at the European Policy Centre (EPC). Failure to clearly specify not only the potential but also the limits of the ECI could in the end breed popular frustration with the new instrument, which would have detrimental effects across the board, they warn. 

  • EU institutions close in on citizens’ petitions

    News | Public Affairs 02-12-2010

    Representatives of all three EU institutions this week outlined an agreement on implementing the European Citizens' Initiative, paving the way for the first petitions to be accepted next year once outstanding issues have been ironed out later this month. 

  • MEP wants to scrap ‘entry threshold’ for citizens’ petitions

    News | Public Affairs 20-07-2010

    The European Commission has dismissed as impractical suggestions by MEPs to scrap the 100,000 signature requirement needed to legally file a petition under the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI).