Initiative for the
European Citizens' Initiative
This site is structured as follows:
1. ECI papers produced by the EU-institutions
2. Current and past research within ECI-Campaign
3. Other Academic Resources
1. ECI papers produced by the EU-Institutions
In the meantime all three main EU-institutions EU-Commission, Council and European Parliament have agreed on a final ECI-regulation. For all 23 language versions click here. For an overview and monitoring of the decision-making process click here. Council and the Commission had come up with a first compromise on June 14th 2010. On December 15th 2010 the European Parliament has finally voted on the ECI-regulation. Before it had produced several drafts and opinions that were discussed in the Constitutional Affairs and Petitions Committees.
ECI-Campaign has already urged the European Parliament to come up with a ECI-resolution in 2009, see here.
2. Current Research within ECI-Campaign
ECI-Campaign and its supporting organisations and individuals perform research on a variety of questions, in order to guarantee the creation of the most accessible and citizen-friendly ECI-regulation.
We perform research on the existing population and election registries in Member States. Background: the majority of Member States currently claim they could only verify ECI-signatures when citizens are required to present their ID-number, more on this here. Our hypothesis is that this is untrue as long as a population registry or something similar exists through which a person can be identified. Should you have knowledge on this question please let us know.
We have already documented so called informal initiatives or “test” / “pilot” ECIs that have been taken place in the spirit of the principle of ECI and researched on numerous ECI-questions, see: ECI-Handbook 2008.
Already in 2008 ECI-Campaign has come up with an own detailed ECI-proposal, in which you find a lot of background information on the legal nature of ECI, an overview of existing citizens’ initiative rights in EU Member States and many more aspects, see here.
We also have analysed the Commissions proposal in detail and proposed amendments which were partially taken up, see here.
3. Other Academic Resources
Boucher, Stephen (2009): If citizens have a voice, who’s listening? Lessons from recent citizen consultation experiments for the European Union, Notre Europe, Working Paper, No. 24, Juni 2009
de Witte, Bruno / Trechsel, H., Alexander / Damjanović, Dragana / Hellquist, Elin / Hien, Josef/ Ponzano, Paulo (2010): Legislating after Lisbon – New Opportunities for the European Parliament (includes an entire chapter on ECI).
Hornung, Ulrike (2011): Die Verordnung über die Europäische Bürgerinitiative – mit Vollgas und angezogener Handbremse zu mehr Demokratie in Europa? (Ulrike Hornung is working in the German Ministry for Interior Affairs on the implementation of ECI, but is writing here as a private scholar. We recommend this text.)
Kaczyński, Piotr Maciej (2010): The European Citizens’ Initiative: A Proper Response from the Commission. Centre for European Policy Studies, Commentary 8.1.2010
Kaufmann, Bruno / Pichler, Johannes W. (Hrsg.): The European Citizens’ Initiatives. Into New Democratic Territory. Wien 2010
4. You have researched and published on ECI? Please let us know
Research is an important pillar within ECI-Campaign. Science and political development need and meet each other here. Any of your research results are of interest for us. Please feel free to let us know and get in contact with us.