About: European Citizens Initiative

Economy & Jobs 26-04-2019

Solutions from Vienna to address Europe’s housing crisis

Apartments in Europe are becoming more and more expensive and tensions on the market are rising. A European Citizens' Initiative is now calling for a better framework to be developed at EU level to allow  public investment in social and affordable housing to no longer be qualified as new debt. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Brexit 20-07-2018

Brits thrown post-Brexit EU citizenship lifeline by Commission

The European Commission registered a Citizens' Initiative on Wednesday (18 July) that could end up securing EU citizenship for UK citizens once Britain leaves the EU.
Freedom of thought 24-04-2018

EU court deals blow to anti-abortion campaigners

The EU’s top court has dealt a blow to anti-abortion activists, ruling that the European Commission was justified in its refusal to propose a ban on EU funding for abortion services.

Slovakia threatens unilateral action over food quality crisis

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has set an ultimatum for the European Commission to take action over lower quality food products being sold in Eastern member states. EURACTIV.sk reports.
Agrifood 15-06-2017

Conflicts of interest erode trust in food safety agency

Close to half of the experts at the European Food Security Agency have conflicts of interest that call into question the validity of the agency’s work, according to a new study by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO). EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 11-05-2017

‘Stop TTIP’ petition is legitimate, top EU court rules

Rejected by Brussels for its lack of a legal basis, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) calling for an end to the EU’s free trade negotiations with the US and Canada was yesterday (10 May) vindicated by the Court of Justice of the EU. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 18-04-2017

Reformed ECI should make policymaking ‘more accessible’

Five years after its launch, the EU’s tool of participatory democracy has never really worked. But Brussels last week announced plans for an overhaul of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 11-01-2017

Citizens’ initiative aimed at banning glyphosate gets the go-ahead

Brussels has agreed to the launch of a European Citizens' Initiative on banning glyphosate in the EU. EURACTIV France reports.

MEPs unconvinced by European Citizens’ Initiative on vivisection

The European Citizens' Initiative "Stop Vivisection", signed by 1.6 million Europeans, failed to impress MEPs at its parliamentary hearing. EURACTIV France reports
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Public Affairs 27-02-2015

Parliament gearing up for European Citizens’ Initiative review

MEPs discussed Thursday (26 February) reforming the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), whose three-year review is planned for this year.
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Development Policy 17-04-2014

UK warns MEPs against evangelical attack on EU development aid

EXCLUSIVE / The British government has warned European lawmakers that a bid by conservative Christian groups to ban EU funding for activities linked to abortion or the destruction of human embryos could obstruct life-saving operations in the developing world, in a briefing note seen by EURACTIV.

EU pledges action after 1.9m citizens demand ‘right’ to water

The European Union's executive pledged on Wednesday (19 March) to improve access to clean water across the region, responding to a 1.9-million-strong petition from citizens demanding recognition of their right to water.

Parliament kicks off debate on the legal right to water

The European Parliament launched the debate yesterday (17 February) on the first successful European citizens’ initiative, on the right to water. While MEPs largely expressed support for its main aim, they were divided on whether water services should be private or public.
Public Affairs 18-12-2013

First citizens’ initiative launched in Greece

A Greek think tank yesterday (16 December) launched the first European Citizens’ Initiative which aims to boost investment in education in times of crisis. EURACTIV Greece reports.

Third successful citizens’ petition calls for end to animal testing

A European Citizens’ Initiative urging the European Commission to draft legislation against medical experimentation on animals reached the threshold of one million signatures, making it the third citizens’ petition to meet the 1 November filing deadline.
Public Affairs 12-04-2013

Citizens’ initiatives flounder one year after launch

The European Citizens’ Initiative is struggling to gain momentum a year after being launched, bogged down by technical and bureaucratic hurdles that have prevented a single petition from meeting all the requirements, civic activists say.

Water rights e-petition first to get 1 million signatures

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.
Public Affairs 12-07-2012

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

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.
Public Affairs 15-06-2012

IT problems hinder first EU citizen’s petitions

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.
Future EU 18-04-2012

Attali: A federal Europe is the only way out of the crisis

?The only way to save the euro and get Europe out its financial crisis while maintaining people’s living standards is to have a more integrated union, the economist Jacques Attali said in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Future EU 04-04-2012

Citizens’ Initiative ‘not a Eurocrats’ matter’

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.
Future EU 01-04-2012

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

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.
Future EU 30-03-2012

EU opens to first citizens’ initatives amid criticism

Civil society groups have complained about the prohibitive administrative and security procedures of filing a European Citizen Initiative (ECI) as the EU prepares to venture into participative democracy on Sunday (1 April) by opening the first petitions to registration.
Future EU 26-03-2012

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

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?

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