Petitions

EU citizens and third-country nationals may submit a petition directly to the European Parliament. Most petitions relate to the application of EU law by national or local authorities. For example, if someone thinks that a factory just beyond the border in a neighbouring country is violating EU environmental law, they can write directly to the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions. The subject of the petition must be concerned with issues of European Union interest or responsibility, and the petitioner must be personally affected. Mass petitions may also be submitted.
The European Parliament can then request the Commission to provide a remedy and, if necessary, it can push for an amendment to EU law. However, anyone who wishes to put an issue on the EU agenda which is currently not the subject of a Brussels directive should opt for the new ECI instead.

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  • PREPARATION OF A LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE
  • LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL
  • CONSULTATION AND ADOPTION OF THE LAW (DIRECTIVE RREGULATION. ETC.)
  • TRANSPOSITION OF THE DIRECTIVE
  • OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARTICIPATION BY CITIZENS
  • CONSULTATION
  • CITIZENS‘INITIATIVE
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  • PETITION
News

Launch of the Greens/EFA website on the European Citizens' Initiative

Today we start our website on the ECI. The website informs you on what the ECI is and how it works. And it gives you an opportunity to discuss your ideas on an initiative in our ECI Community Forum.

Greens/EFA conference: The European Citizens' Initiative - How to get it started

With the European Citizens Initiative set to enter into force in 2012, the conference will look at what measures are needed to ensure the ECI can start to work. Several NGOs will also present their ideas and projects for an initiative, among them are projects for a nuclear-free Europe, for more effective exchange programmes in the EU, for media pluralism, and for fair roaming. 

ECI workshop at the Green Summer University

The Green European Foundation (GEF) and the Polish Zielony Instytut organise a workshop on the European Citizens' Initiative at the Greens/EFA European Summer University, on Saturday, September 10th 2011.

Two days on the European Citizens' Initiative

The European Citizen's Initiative (ECI) is waiting in the wings and the countdown is on for more civic participation in Europe. The Greens/EFA-Group and its expert on direct democracy, Gerald Häfner (Germany), took this as an opportunity to dedicate 2 days of talks to this important topic.