WHAT HAPPENS TO SUCCESSFUL INITIATIVES?

While the Commission does not have to table a legislative proposal for every initiative that has more than one million supporters, successful initiatives do have consequences for the EU‘s political agenda. Initiative organisers gain the right to a public hearing in the European Parliament, during which they can discuss their issues and demands directly with the Commission and the MEPs. The Commission then decides whether to take up the initiative.

The Council and the Parliament ultimately decide on the framing of legislation. At this point, the organisers no longer have any formal right of participation, but they can attempt to exert influence informally.

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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.