About: European Citizens Initiative Archives

  • 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 opens to first citizens’ initatives amid criticism

    News | Future EU 30-03-2012

    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.

  • 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?

  • Pressure groups gearing up to propose new EU laws

    News | Future EU 31-01-2012

    From legalising same-sex marriage to guaranteeing media pluralism, a dizzying array of petitions is being prepared to suggest new laws to the European Commission under the new European Citizen's Initiative.

  • 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.

  • Europe meets superdemocracy

    Opinion | EU Priorities 2020 26-01-2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • Šef?ovi?: Citizens’ Initiative to bridge European divide

    News | Future EU 26-01-2012

    European Commission Vice President Maroš Šef?ovi? is confident that the Citizens’ Initiative, one of the new democratic tools pushed forward by the Lisbon Treaty, will bring Europe closer to its citizens and create a "genuine European public space".

  • Šef?ovi?: Citizens’ Initiative will bring Europe closer together

    Interview | Public Affairs 26-01-2012

    European Commission Vice President Maroš Šef?ovi? is confident that the European Citizens’ Initiative, one of the new democratic tools pushed forward by the Lisbon Treaty and to be launched on 1 April, will contribute to bringing Europe closer to its citizens and create a "genuine European public space".

  • Gross: Citizens’ initiative is a ‘weak’ democratic tool

    Interview | Future EU 30-11-2011

    The European citizens' initiative, one of the main innovations of the Lisbon Treaty to engage the citizens of Europe, is too weak to bridge the democratic gap as it preserves the the legislative monopoly of the European Commission, Switzerland’s leading expert on direct democracy said in an interview with EURACTIV.

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