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ECI Publication 2014

The ECI Registration: Falling at the First Hurdle?

The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) gives citizens of the EU the unique opportunity to directly place their interests right at the heart of European policy-making by asking the European Commission (the Commission) to legislate on a matter of its competence. However, since its entry into force on 1 April 2012, this instrument has demonstrated both its potential as well as its limitations when it comes to connecting with citizens in an honest dialogue aimed at answering citizens’ concerns and providing a space where they can contribute to policy-making.

This study has been conducted by ECAS within the framework of the ECI Support Centre with the kind assistance of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

The study aims to promote a better understanding of the ECI Regulation, particularly on the registration procedures for a proposed initiative, and it suggests a number of recommendations to be discussed when the review of the Regulation takes place based on an analysis of the “subject matters” of the ECIs that have been refused registration by the Commission.

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