Public consultation on the European citizens’ initiative

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Public consultation launched by the European Commission in April 2017 aimed at revising Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 on the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI).

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The European Citizens Initiative (ECI) enables at least one million citizens of the European Union (EU), coming from at least seven Member States, to invite the European Commission to propose a legal act on matters where it has competence to do so. The ECI was introduced by the Lisbon Treaty as a tool to foster citizen participation and to bring the EU closer to its citizens. Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 established the rules and procedures governing the ECIs.

A report on the application of this Regulation was published by the Commission in March 2015, where a number of challenges were identified and a set of technical studies were launched. In April 2017, the Commission announced a public consultation ahead of a legislative initiative looking to review the existing Regulation. The consultation remained opened from 24 May 2017 until 16 August 2017.

Source Link https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/public-consultation-european-citizens-initiative_en
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Commentary and Analysis
Democracy International, 30/03/2017: Contested ECI turns five years on Saturday https://www.democracy-international.org/eci-5-years
ECAS: Press Release, 12/04/2017: ECAS Welcomes Timmermans’ Announcement to Revise the ECI Regulation http://ecas.org/timmermans-eci-revision/
EurActiv: Opinion, 20/04/2017: Revising the ECI: How to make it ‘fit for purpose’ http://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/opinion/revising-the-eci-how-to-make-it-fit-for-purpose/

News
EurActiv, 18/04/2017: Reformed ECI should make policymaking ‘more accessible’ http://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/news/reformed-eci-should-make-policymaking-more-accessible/

Official
EU EESC: Events, 11/04/2017: ECI Day 2017: I participate! http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.events-and-activities-eci-day-2017

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