Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the European citizens’ initiative ADD 1 Annexes to the Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the European citizens’ initiative ADD 2 COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT Accompanying the document Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European citizens' initiative
The attached document seeks to replace EU Regulation 211/2011 on the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with a new EU Regulation. The proposed new Regulation would, subject to some exceptions, apply from 1 January 2020.
The ECI is a Treaty right and EU Regulation 211/2011 sets out the way in which it is made available in practice. The proposal at hand aims to make the existing ECI process less burdensome and more accessible for the organisers and supporters of initiatives by addressing weaknesses identified to date in the current Regulation.
The proposal, which reflects widespread stakeholder consultation, seeks to improve the operation of the ECI in relation to three broad aspects:
● Difficulties for citizens in proposing legally admissible initiatives.
● Complexities and burdens for organisers in collecting statements of support.
● Limited debate and impact generated by initiatives so far.