Self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP. Has the EU heard its citizens’ voices?

Posted on 07. December 2015 by Simona Pronckute The citizens’ initiative is set out in Article 11(4) of the Treaty on the European Union.1 The European citizens’ initiative allows one million EU citizens to participate directly in the development of EU policies, by calling on the European Commission to make a legislative proposal. Since the entry … Continue reading Self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP. Has the EU heard its citizens’ voices?

3 years of the European Citizens’ Initiative – birthday without party

Posted on 13. April 2015 by Danijela Bozovic The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), the only tool of direct and participatory democracy at supranational level that allows European citizens to channel their ideas into EU decision-making process, turns three years old.1 By collecting one million signatures from at least seven member states within one year, an ECI … Continue reading 3 years of the European Citizens’ Initiative – birthday without party

Minority SafePack: what does this European Citizens’ Initiative reveal about the EU?

Posted on 15. July 2014 by Doris Manu One year ago, on 15 July 2013, a request was made to the European Commission for the registration of a citizens’ initiative (ECI) under the name ‘Minority SafePack – one million signatures for diversity in Europe’ by Mr Kelemen Hunor, president of the main political party of the … Continue reading Minority SafePack: what does this European Citizens’ Initiative reveal about the EU?

Domestic citizen initiatives – a safeguard to the subsidiarity principle?

Posted on 26. April 2013 by Elias Vartio Yesterday, the 25th of April 2013, was considered historic among many political commentators in Finland. The enthusiasm was caused by the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta, Riksdagen) starting its debate the first citizen lawmaking-initiative, which is proposing a banning of the fur production in Finland. Since 1st of March 2012 … Continue reading Domestic citizen initiatives – a safeguard to the subsidiarity principle?

European Citizens’ Initiative Turns One Year – Do We Have Reason to Celebrate?

Posted on 14. April 2013 by Danijela Bozovic The world’s first direct, digital and transnational tool of participative democracy, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) took effect on 1st April 2012, when the EU Regulation No. 211/20111 entered into force. The ECI gives citizens within European Union (EU) the right to call on the European Commission to … Continue reading European Citizens’ Initiative Turns One Year – Do We Have Reason to Celebrate?