EU Commission Claims ECI Creates Eurosceptisicm

2016-01-14 News

In their December meeting, Commission President Juncker and Members of the College of Commissioners surprisingly claimed that the ECI is increasing eurosceptisicm. ECI practitioners and citizens organisations however clarified that the way the Commission has dealt with the ECI is what actually creates eurosceptism.

Commission allegations come as a surprise since Commissioners have publicly hailed the ECI as one of the key innovations of the Lisbon treaty and a pillar of EU democracy. It also comes at a problematic moment when the Commission is expected to respond to the European Parliament’s resolution on the ECI and propose a revision of the ECI implementing regulation. Read our recent op-ed for Euractiv here.