The Lisbon Treaty introduces a new form of public participation in European Union policy shaping, the European citizens’ initiative, which enables one million citizens who are nationals of a significant number of Member States to call directly on the European Commission to bring forward an initiative of interest to them in an area of EU competence. Before citizens can start exercising this new right, a few ground rules and procedures have to be laid down in an EU regulation.
Given the importance of this new tool for citizens, civil society and stakeholders across the EU, the Commission has opened a broad public consultation in order to seek the views of all interested parties on how the citizens’ initiative should work in practice.
Contributions to this consultation process should be sent to the Commission by 31st January 2010, either by email to the address “ECI-Consultation@ec.europa.eu”, or by post to the following address:
Directorate E “Better Regulation and Institutional Issues”
Unit E.l “Institutional Issues”
B – l049 Brussels