As far as requests for registration submitted to the Commission are concerned, 2018 was one of the most successful years for the European Citizens’ Initiative. 2019 is off to a flying start as two new initiatives have been registered in the first few weeks of the year and many other registrations are pending.
The European Citizens’ Initiative is a tool of participatory democracy, giving European citizens the power to shape their future. The tool enables citizens to submit ideas in areas where the European Commission has power to propose legislation such as the environment, agriculture, education or civil rights. They are given the opportunity to get more involved in the decision-making process and have a bigger say on issues that impact their life.
The Take The Initiative campaign, launched in April 2018 has reached more than 10 million people in the past year and aims at spreading its message even further in 2019. One of the major steps forward in 2018 was the political agreement, based on the European Commission’s proposal, reached on December 12, 2018 by the European Parliament and the Council to revise the European Citizens’ Initiative in order to simplify the process, provide more support for initiative organisers and encourage even more citizens to take advantage of the tool.
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