TEPSA Newsletter Editorial on “The state of play of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI): the birth of participatory democracy”, February 2011

By Jean Paul Jacqué

Under the Belgian Presidency, the European Parliament and the Council reached agreement in first reading on the modalities of the citizens’ initiative. This new initiative allows, under Article 11, paragraph 4, TEU, a million citizens “citizen of a significant number of Member States” to invite the Commission to bring forward legislative proposals in areas where the Commission has the power to do so. With this vagueness in the Treaty, descretion was left to the legislator to determine what exact percentage of the Member States represent a significant number of Member States.

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