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The European Citizen's Initiative

On the 15th of December 2010, the European Parliament voted on the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Citizens Initiative. The vote passed, with around 94% of MEPs supporting the Citizens Initiative.

Details of Citizens' Initiative vote

The remarkable level of support for the Citizens' Initiative adequately portrays the importance of this new development and the potential for citizens to engage with the EU. For the first time they will be able to begin the process of forming their own proposals for legislation.

Below is a link to the Regulation approved by the Parliament

REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL ON THE CITIZENS INITIATIVE

The Citizens' Initiative will be implemented after 12 months, at which point organisers will be able to begin the process of registering initiatives and collecting signatures. So towards the end of 2011 expect to see the first campaigns for Citizens' Initiatives gathering momentum. Below is a link to a Q&A on the Citizens Initiative

ECI Q&A

If you would like any further information on the Citizens' Initiative, or would like to know more about how to start your own Citizens' Initiative, please contact our office at diana.wallis@europarl.europa.eu

Background

History

Personnel


Interview with Diana on the Citizens' Intiative

Participatory Democracy

Petitioning the European Parliament

Direct Democracy

European Emergency Number "112"