Who can submit a citizens’ initiative?

A European Citizens’ Initiative can only be submitted by citizens’ committees, not by individuals. A citizens’ committee is a group of at least seven EU citizens from seven different Member States.

Signatures (known as ‘statements of support’) must then be collected in the same number of EU Member States. The aim of citizens’ committees, which exist in a similar form in Switzerland, for instance, is to prevent overly hasty actions and to ensure that the initiatives submitted are well-prepared. For that reason, the organisers must also look at the EU Treaties and state which of the Treaty articles their initiative refers to, although the initiative is still eligible if they make a mistake.

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.