About: European Citizens Initiative

Brexit 29-01-2019

The blind side – the impact of Brexit on EU citizenship 

The Brexit negotiations have assumed that EU citizenship will cease for all UK nationals if and when the UK leaves the EU. Tony Simpson, Tony Venables and Alexandra von Westernhagen question whether this is necessarily so, and what this means for EU citizenship in general.
Future EU 02-03-2018

How to turn citizens’ consultations into a success

Four conditions should be met if we want to make citizens' consultations a success and avoid turning the greatly anticipated initiative launched by France's President Emmanuel Macron and backed by 26 countries into a boomerang, which would irremediably drain trust in the EU project, writes Thierry Libaert.
Politics 19-02-2018

Mr Macron, here’s how not to spoil your historic heart-to-heart with EU citizens

French President Emmanuel Macron has convinced (most of) his fellow Heads of State and government to do the unimaginable: ask Europeans what they want for the future of the Union. But the way governments are planning to go about this will lead to more frustration and confusion, write Stephen Boucher and Lex Paulson.
Politics 20-04-2017

Revising the ECI: How to make it ‘fit for purpose’

Following the high hopes for the European Citizens’ Initiative as a new instrument of participatory democracy, it has proven to be ineffective, largely unknown to citizens and neither user-friendly nor cost-effective, writes Assya Kavrakova.

Time for action on universal access to water

Water is a human right. It is high time for the European Commission to recognise this fact and end the privatisation of European water companies, which threatens to deprive thousands of this most vital resource, writes Jan Willem Goudriaan.
Frans Timmermans
EU Priorities 2020 12-01-2016

Commission ignoring the ECI’s positive potential for democracy

The European Citizen’s Initiative was labelled a danger by the European Commission, which has grown wary of its use by Eurosceptic campaigners and set out to weaken the only democratic tool by which citizens may directly influence the EU policy agenda, writes Carsten Berg.
Public Affairs 27-10-2015

The European Citizens’ Initiative needs promised ‘start button’

After over three years of use, none of nearly 50 proposed ECIs have resulted in a legislative proposal. The European Commission simply declined to act, leaving ECI supporters feeling betrayed, writes Carsten Berg.
Trade & Society 30-09-2015

A turning point for the European Citizens’ Initiative?

As the only tool for public participation in the EU’s democratic process, the European Citizens’ Initiative must be revised and improved as soon as possible, writes Sophie von Hatzfeldt.
EU Priorities 2020 13-05-2015

Turbulent days for the European Citizens Initiative

The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is going through turbulent days. Whether it will come out stronger or weakened we are yet to see, writes Sophie von Hatzfeldt.
Trade & Society 13-04-2015

Reforming the ECI is vital for European democracy

Three years after the entry into force of the ECI (European Citizens’ Initiative) regulation it seems “easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle” than to register an ECI, writes Assya Kavrakova. 
Public Affairs 13-04-2015

The European Citizens’ Initiative Can Be Saved

The European Citizens' Initiative in its current form does not work. There is much the Commission can do while still remaining within the limits of the EU treaties, writes Carsten Berg.
Health 01-04-2015

European Citizens‘ Initiative: Commission admits need for improvement

The European Commission presented a three-year review on the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) on Tuesday (31 March). Urgent reform is needed to halt its slide into oblivion, writes Sophie von Hatzfeldt.
EU Priorities 2020 10-03-2015

The European Citizens’ Initiative: A democratic farce?

The European Citizens' Initiative is the world's first transnational tool of participative democracy. But the system needs reform if it is to avoid becoming a farce, argues Sophie von Hatzfeldt. 
Digital 04-11-2013

European Citizens’ Initiative: One year of challenges

A year of pushing for the first-ever European Citizens' Initiative to get a million signatures has taught the organisers some lessons: e-democracy is a wonderful tool to close the gap between EU citizens and institutions, but technical barriers and a lack of trust have hindered its use, writes Simona Pronckuté.
Public Affairs 10-04-2013

Citizen initiatives aren’t living up to their potential

The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) is a year old, but neither EU politicians nor civil society organisations are happy with the instrument, writes Cora Pfafferott.
EU Priorities 2020 26-01-2012

Europe meets superdemocracy

With two month to go before the first European Citizens' Initiative is registered, governments must invest in a proper participative infrastructure that would make people aware of their rights and build trust in the new forms of empowerment, writes Bruno Kaufmann.
EU Priorities 2020 26-01-2012

Citizens’ Initiative: Trust collective wisdom

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.
Future EU 24-10-2011

Public engagement needed to move beyond crisis

While the financial crisis continues to grab headlines, the need for public engagement in  other areas of European affairs - possibly through the coming European Citizens' Initiative - persists, argue Rick Zedník and Christophe Leclercq, respectively CEO and Publisher of EURACTIV.
Public Affairs 16-12-2010

The European Citizens’ Initiative: Next step, implementation

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. 

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