EVAL By / February 24, 2015

Implementation of the European Citizens’ Initiative: The experience of the first three years

Written by Irmgard Anglmayer Revised in April 2015 The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has been in operation since April 2012. Observers…

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Written by Irmgard Anglmayer
Revised in April 2015
Implementation of the European Citizens' Initiative: The experience of the first three years
© Kamaga / Fotolia

The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has been in operation since April 2012. Observers have identified a number of shortcomings in its implementation, which impact negatively on the effectiveness and acceptance of this relatively new instrument of transnational participatory democracy. Against this background, stakeholders are calling for simplification and a substantial revision of the current ECI framework and its application, including its implementation in the EU Member States.

On 31 March 2015, the Commission presented its first report on the application of the ECI Regulation. While it concluded that it considered the ECI to be fully implemented, it however listed a few areas for improvement.

It is widely expected that this review, together with the European Ombudsman’s recent recommendations, will prompt a revision of that regulation.

This paper seeks to provide a systematic overview of the current weaknesses in the ECI process and puts forward concrete recommendations for a better functioning ECI.

Read the complete In-depth analysis here

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  • In principle a worthwhile initiative especially given the fact that European citizens do not perceive to be really well represented. democratic functioning in Europe seems to exist only in the minds of the Eurocrats and that needs to change if the EU is to be given a chance. You should canvass your retired civil servants of whom I meet many. I have met few who have anything positive to say about the institutional functioning which I find very worrying.

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