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The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) is an important instrument of participatory democracy in the European Union, allowing one million EU citizens residing in at least one quarter of the Member States to invite the Commission to submit a proposal for a legal act to implement the EU Treaties. Since the application of Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 establishing detailed procedures and conditions for the ECI, four initiatives have been successfully submitted to the Commission.
Free movement of workers is a fundamental principle of the Treaty enshrined in Article 45 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and developed by EU secondary legislation and the Case law of the Court of Justice.
Pour savoir si votre idée peut faire l'objet d'une initiative citoyenne, vous devez vérifier qu'elle concerne un domaine dans lequel l'UE est compétente et dans lequel la Commission est habilitée à présenter une proposition d'acte juridique.
Seules les propositions d'initiatives qui satisfont aux conditions fixées à l'article 4, paragraphe 2, du règlement relatif à l'initiative citoyenne sont enregistrées, et donc publiées sur ce site web. Vous trouverez dans cette section le texte des propositions d'initiatives qui ne remplissaient pas ces conditions, ainsi que les réponses négatives adressées par la Commission aux comités des citoyens concernés.
The purpose of this briefing note is to inform the UK's national discussion about immigration. Immigration is a matter of deep concern to millions of people, it receives extensive coverage and commentary in our national media and it is the subject of strong and intensive national political and polemical debate, both in the run-up to the forthcoming European Parliament elections and more generally.
A public hearing on the first ever European citizens' initiative will be held by the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, in association with the Committee on Petitions, the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection, and the Committee on Development.The organisers of the 'Right2Water' initiative invite the European Commission to propose legislation implementing the human right to water and sanitation as recognised by the United Nations, and promoting the provision of water and sanitation as essential public services for all. Following the reception of the initiative by the Commission on 20 December 2013, the European Parliament will hold a public hearing at which the organisers will present their 3 key goals: "guaranteed water and sanitation for all in the EU", "global access to water and sanitation for all" and "no liberalisation of water services".They will also answer questions asked by Members of the European Parliament.The public hearing aims to provide a platform for debate with Members of the European Parliament, the organisers of the 'Right2Water' initiative and representatives from the European Commission.A European citizens' initiative is an invitation to the European Commission to propose legislation on matters where the EU has competence to legislate. The Commission has three months from the initiative's official submission to inform the citizens on the steps it intends to take. 'Right2Water' is the very first successful European citizens' initiative since it was introduced in April 2012.
The European Parliament is holding a public hearing on Monday 17 February on the universal right to clean water, the first such hearing under the European Citizens' Initiative, which enables the public to ask the EU authorities to table new legislation, provided the initiative is backed by one million people across seven member states.
A collection of sources and data challenging claims of high Romanian and Bulgarian migration into the UK.
This document focuses on migration within the EU, in the context of both EU citizens' rights of free movement and residence, and of Member States' diverse citizenship and labour migration laws. It looks into the topic with the intention of clarifying concepts and answering a number of questions: how many EU and non-EU citizens can be counted as migrants within the EU? How do migrants impact the national labour markets and what living conditions do they encounter in their new country of residence?
From 1 April onwards, EU citizens will be able to ask the European Union to introduce new legislation - provided the organisers can muster one million signatures. This new tool, known as the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI), is designed to give the public a more direct say over the EU. Parliament approved the legislation in December 2010 and the Council endorsed it in February 2011. As the Member States have 12 months to put the new rules into effect in their national laws, the first initiatives can be launched in April 2012.
The European Commission's response to common ECI questions. A Q&A memo.
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