9 million citizens involved in EU law-making – 4 successful initiatives

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9 million citizens involved in EU law-making - 4 successful initiativesLast week the European Commission adopted its second report on the application of the European Citizens’ Initiative Regulation.

An estimated 9 million Europeans from all 28 Member States have now supported a European Citizens’ Initiative, since it entered into force in 2012.

The Commission said that four successful initiatives have so far collected over 1 million signatures each and it has committed to follow-up actions on 3 of them.

“The fact that 9 million people have supported a European Citizens’ Initiative in the past 6 years shows that this tool is stimulating participation and debate across national borders, with concrete impact on EU policies,” said First Vice-President Frans Timmermans.

“But we need to go further: our recent reform proposal will make it much easier for citizens to launch and support new initiatives, also allowing young people from the age of 16 to have their say, ” he added.

The Commission said that it is following up on 4 Citizens’ Initiatives that gathered support from over 1 million citizens; on the ‘Stop Vivisection’ initiative with non-legislative actions; in response to the ‘Right2Water’ initiative, the Commission proposed a revised Directive on Drinking Water last February; and following the initiative ‘Ban glyphosate and toxic pesticides,’ the Commission has announced a legislative proposal to improve transparency in scientific assessments and decision-making.

The Commission proposed a new Regulation on 13 September 2017, which must now be adopted by the European Parliament and Council. The new Regulation will make the European Citizens’ Initiative more accessible, less burdensome and easier to use for organisers and supporters.

The Commission said that it calls for its adoption by the end of 2018 so that it can enter into force in January 2020

The proposals will be discussed with stakeholders at the ‘ECI Day’ organised by the European Economic and Social Committee on the 10th of April.

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