European Citizens' Initiative
The European Citizens’ Initiative allows EU citizens to get involved in EU policy-making and put on the European agenda the issues that matter most to them. A citizens’ initiative brings together people from different EU countries to collect signatures and call on the European Commission to propose new laws on issues that are close to their hearts. It is a bottom-up way of starting a political debate and raising awareness of common causes which unite people across borders. The tool was launched in 2012, and several initiatives already led to concrete legislative proposals by the European Commission.
When and Where
Students learn about it in political science/European studies etc.
Citizens’ initiatives cannot be run by organisations that are already established, but these organisations can promote or support initiatives as long as they do so openly.
Once an initiative has collected, within one year, 1 million valid signatures, reaching set thresholds in at least 7 Member States, its organisers can submit it to the Commission for examination. They can present it in a public hearing in the European Parliament and the European Parliament can adopt a resolution on it. Within six months after submission, the Commission shall adopt a communication in which it decides what action to take, if any (legislative or non-legislative or none).
86 initiatives registered
6 successful initiatives