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Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - Report on the Application of Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 on the Citizens' Initiative

Mar 31, 2015
The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) is one of the major innovations introduced by the Lisbon Treaty and aims at involving citizens more closely in agenda-setting at EU level. One of the main benefits of this tool resides in forging links with like-minded people across the continent, facilitating pan-European debates on issues that are clearly close to citizens' concerns. An estimated 6 million statements of support have already been collected by organisers of citizens' initiatives for their various causes, while 10 % of the registered initiatives managed to reach the 1 million threshold. The Commission's analysis, as outlined in this report, is supported by the ongoing feedback received from stakeholders, including organisers of citizens' initiatives , directly or via the Ombudsman's own-initiative inquiry, the European Parliament's study, various publications, conferences etc. It also takes into account information and views gathered from Member States via the Commission's expert group on the citizens' initiative .