About: European Citizens Initiative Archives

  • Swiss expert: Citizens’ initiative is too ‘weak’ to bridge democratic gap

    News | Future EU 30-11-2011

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

  • Public engagement needed to move beyond crisis

    Opinion | Future EU 24-10-2011

    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.

  • 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.

  • Petition against unpaid internships gains momentum

    News | Future EU 14-06-2011

    A consultative EU body representing trade unions and employers is putting together a citizens' initiative to ban unpaid internships. Meanwhile, other initiatives in the pipeline will seek to lower the voting age to 16 in a bid to boost youth participation in active political life.

  • Experts strive to make citizens’ initiative work

    News | Public Affairs 21-03-2011

    As direct democracy experts begin to step up their preparations for 1 April 2012, when the first European Citizens' Initiatives can be registered, much uncertainty remains as to how the scheme will work in practice even after the adoption of a specific regulation.

  • 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. 

  • EU budget ‘must respect difficult times’: Wallis MEP

    News | Public Affairs 04-11-2010

    Europe must respect "difficult times" by adopting a budget that reflects austerity measures being introduced by national governments, European Parliament Vice-President Diana Wallis told EURACTIV Slovakia in a wide-ranging interview. 

  • Wallis MEP: EU budget ‘must respect difficult times’

    Interview | Public Affairs 04-11-2010

    Europe must respect "difficult times" by adopting a budget that reflects austerity measures being introduced by national governments, European Parliament Vice-President Diana Wallis told EURACTIV Slovakia in a wide-ranging interview. 

  • First ‘Citizens’ Initiative’ to call for GM crop freeze

    News | Agrifood 06-10-2010

    A petition for a Europe free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has hit the one million signatories target and will be handed to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, campaigners have announced.

  • Belgium wants citizens’ initiative deal by December

    News | Public Affairs 22-07-2010

    The Belgian EU Presidency wants to secure an inter-institutional deal on implementing the European Citizens' Initiative by December, Belgian State Secretary for European Affairs Olivier Chastel said on Tuesday (20 July), highlighting admissibility criteria and the degree of cross-national support as the most controversial issues. 

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