Statement by Maroš Šefčovič on the launch of the European Citizens' Initiative
On 30 March 2012, Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, made statement on the launch of the European Citizens' Initiative, in Brussels.
The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) is one of the major innovations of the Treaty of Lisbon and will increase participatory democracy in the EU. The initiative enables one million EU citizens to call directly on the European Commission to propose a legal act in an area within the competences of the EU.
The ECI entered into force on 1 April 2012, which offers a unique opportunity for the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee to discuss the concept of participatory democracy with civil society and public authorities at the local and regional level. It also raises a number of issues about the role for both committees and its members, in stimulating, monitoring and reacting on citizens' initiatives, and on its position between civil society and the European policy makers. SHOTLIST