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European Citizens’ Initiatives: On the Starting Line

The first ever citizens initiatives for transnational deliberative democracy will start on 1 April 2012. Finally, some good news from the EU? In terms of Article 11 of the Lisbon Treaty and the regulation1 to bring it into effect, from that date initiatives will be registered. The citizens’ committee and coalition of organisers will then have 12 months to collect 1 million signatures for a proposal to the Commission to introduce legislation within its competence from a minimum of 7 countries. Is this an answer to bridge the gap between citizens and the EU?

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