Written by Laura Tilindyte (2nd edition),
Updated on 18.6.2018
The 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). However, since the regulation became applicable in April 2012, numerous actors have raised concerns regarding the instrument’s functioning and 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 replace the existing regulation on the European Citizens’ Initiative.
On 9 March 2018, the Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) published its draft report on the Commission proposal for revision of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). The AFCO committee is expected to vote on the report on 20 June.
|Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Citizens’ Initiative|
|Committee responsible:||Constitutional Affairs (AFCO)||COM(2017) 482
|Rapporteur:||György Schöpflin (EPP, Hungary)||2017/0220 (COD)|
|Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann (S&D, Germany)
Morten Messerschmidt (ECR, Denmark)
Charles Goerens (ALDE, Luxembourg)
Barbara Spinelli (GUE/NGL, Italy)
Josep-Maria Terricabras (Greens/EFA, Spain)
Fabio-Massimo Castaldo (EFDD, Italy)
|Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)|
|Next steps expected:||Vote on draft report in committee|
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