Today, 1st April 2015, the European Citizens’ Initiative turns three years old. Yet, we do not celebrate. The facts are just too sobering: Throughout the past three years 51 European Citizens’ Initiatives (ECIs) were launched, however the European Commission declared 20 of those inadmissible. 28 ECIs did not make it to collect the required one million signatures within one year. Only three ECIs managed to do so, yet the Commission has turned none of these into EU law.
We want to change this! Yesterday, the European Commission presented an assessment of the ECI in practice. In this paper, the Commission admits that the ECI still needs to be improved. We fully agree. We have started campaigning to save the ECI, the only tool of direct and participatory democracy at supranational level that allows to channel our own ideas into EU-decision-making! Hopefully in one year time there will be a reason to celebrate and an ECI that works for us all!
All the best,