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Revising the European Citizens’ Initiative [EU Legislation in Progress] [Policy Podcast]

Written by Laura Tilindyte,

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The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) enables European citizens to invite the Commission to table a proposal for a legal act. The detailed rules for such initiatives are laid down in a 2011 regulation, whose main stated aim is encouraging citizens’ participation in the political life of the European Union (EU), by establishing a user‑friendly instrument with simple and proportionate procedures. However, since the regulation became applicable in April 2012, numerous actors have raised concerns regarding the instrument’s functioning.

To date, citizens have submitted a total of 66 initiatives to the Commission, out of which 47 were registered. Four initiatives were successful in collecting the required number of signatures but, so far, none of them has resulted in a Commission proposal. Against this backdrop, many have called for reform, aiming to simplify the existing procedures and increasing the tool’s usability. On 13 September 2017, the Commission presented a legislative proposal which would update the tool and repeal and replace the existing regulation on the European Citizens’ Initiative.

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Citizens’ Initiative
Committee responsible:


Shadow rapporteurs:






Constitutional Affairs (AFCO)

György Schöpflin (EPP, Hungary)

Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann (S&D, Germany)

Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski (ECR, Poland)

Charles Goerens (ALDE, Luxembourg)

Barbara Spinelli (GUE/NGL, Italy)

Josep-Maria Terricabras (Greens/EFA, Spain)

Fabio-Massimo Castaldo (EFDD, Italy)

COM(2017) 482 13.9.2017



Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: Publication of draft report


Listen to podcast ‘Revising the European Citizens’ Initiative‘.


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