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European Citizens Initiative
Since the start of the Convention the Future of Europe, the CSCG has called for and supports the Citizens' Initiative which is now enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty. In our view, this is an important new step to increase public participation in EU decision-making.
We welcome the fact that the Commission is acting quickly in order to make the article 11 a reality as regard the ECI and we participated in the consultation process, but we regret that the current Regulation proposal is not good enough for the ECI to be a genuine tool of participatory democracy for the European citizens.
We consider that further improvements to the draft are needed, both in terms of definition and of practical implementation, to ensure:
read the CSCG 2009 contribution to the consultation
read the EC draft regulation for the implementation of the ECI
read the June 2010 CSCG letter to Member States and MEPs