The 1st April 2012 marked the launch of European Citizens’ Initiatives. From 1st April 2012 a million citizens from across Europe can come together on an issue that is important to them, and ask the Commission to do something about it.
Put in place by the Lisbon Treaty, the citizens’ initiative will allow 1 million citizens from at least a quarter of the EU Member States to ask the European Commission to propose legislation in areas that fall within its competence.
The organisers of a citizens’ initiative, a citizens’ committee composed of at least 7 EU citizens, resident in at least 7 different Member States, will have 1 year to collect the necessary support.
Signatures must be certified by the competent authorities in each Member States. Organisers of successful initiatives will participate in a hearing at the European Parliament. The Commission will have 3 months to examine the initiative and decide how to act on it.
The Guide to the European Citizens’ Initiative is available in different languages.
Find out more here.