Proposed regulations cripple the ECI

March 31, 2010 News

Intrusive personal data requirements, narrow topics and unclear follow-up could render the ECI unusable

Supported by democracy advocates as an important new tool to bridge the large and growing gap between citizens and the EU, the European Citizens Initiative (ECI) is in danger of being rendered unusable by the excessively restrictive regulations proposed by the European Commission today. The European Parliament and Council will now negotiate the final regulations.

According to Carsten Berg, coordinator of the ECI Campaign “some positive elements have been added to the proposed regulation based on input from a public consultation and hearing. However, other excessively restrictive requirements risk killing the ECI before it is born. A few changes could ensure that it is usable.”

Read the complete press release. To get an overview on the Commission’s proposal¬† click on the flowchart:


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