BREAKING: EU Commission will revise ECI Regulation!
First Vice-President Timmermans announces Commission plans to revise European Citizens’ Initiative Regulation
In a speech this morning at the annual European Citizens’ Initiative Day, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans announced the Commission’s plans to revise the European Citizens’ Initiative Regulation and further improve the use of this important tool.
“Today we can harvest the first fruits of three years of intense campaigning for a better and more useable ECI – a lot of detail work now is in front of us to make this long overdue reform actually happen” said Carsten Berg, director of The ECI Campaign and co-organizing partner of the ECI Day 2017.
First Vice-President Timmermans said: “I want to make the ECI more accessible and citizen-friendly. I want the ECI to become a popular and living instrument, one that citizens are familiar with… There are obstacles to a more accessible and citizen-friendly ECI which have their origin in provisions of the ECI Regulation itself. We should take a careful look at those too… This process could culminate in a proposal to revise the ECI Regulation this year.” The Commission will make proposals later this year, based on lessons learned in the five years since the Regulation came into force, and drawing on a public consultation to be launched before the summer most likely in May 2017.
More information on the proposals provided by The ECI Campaign on how to improve the ECI:
An ECI that works – learning from the first 2 years with the ECI
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The ECI Campaign and Association for the ECI