The ECI is in its crucial phase!

May 3, 2010 News

Dear friends of the ECI,

We are now in the crucial final phase for developing a citizen-friendly regulation to implement the European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI). The European Parliament and the Council, working in co-decision, are currently examining the regulation.

There are several events planned over the coming months, in Brussels,
Austria and Germany, to discuss how exactly we can create a citizen-friendly ECI regulation. Please contact the organisers directly for more information:

The Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats (S & D) in the European Parliament sponsored an interesting hearing on the ECI on April 15th. At this time, we met with Commission Vice President Sefcovic and gave him our amendments to the proposed ECI regulation. The most important concrete outcome of the conference was a request by S&D for a hearing on the ECI in the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO).

It is now up to the European Parliament to suggest amendments to the Commission’s proposed ECI regulation. We will therefore concentrate our energies on lobbying Members of European Parliament (MEPs) and European Parliament party groups.

Please help us by contacting your MEP to ask for a citizen-friendly ECI regulation. We will soon add to this website a list of points to emphasize in contacts with MEPs. In the meantime, please refer to our press release of March 31st.

Best wishes,

Carsten Berg

General Coordinator of
the ECI-Campaign