ECI

30 Jun: An initiative not worthy of 1 million signatures

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

“Get a greater say in the policies that affect your lives. The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is a unique way for you to help shape the EU by calling on the European Commission to propose new laws. Once an initiative has reached 1 million signatures, the Commission will decide on what action to take.” This citizens’ call to action by the European Commission was first launched in 2012, but can it be deemed effective when in 9 years only 6 ECIs have achieved their 1 million signature goals, and even …

12 May: The General Court, finding an inadequate statement of reasons, annuls a Commission decision refusing to register a proposed citizens’ initiative

(Source: ECJ)

The General Court, finding an inadequate statement of reasons, annuls a Commission decision refusing to register a proposed citizens’ initiative

A citizen presenting such a proposed initiative must be given the opportunity to understand the Commission’s reasoning

On 5 July 2019 Mr Tom Moerenhout and six other citizens communicated to the European (1)Commission, in accordance with the regulation on the citizens’ initiative, a proposed citizens’ initiative entitled ‘Ensuring Common Commercial Policy conformity with EU Treaties and compliance with international law’ (‘the proposed ECI’).

In accordance with the requirements laid down in that regulation, the subject matter and the …