|Preparation and setting up of the citizens' committee|
|Registration of the proposed initiative|
|Max. 2 months|
|Certification of your online collection system|
|Max. 1 month|
|Collection of statements of support on paper and / or online|
|Max. 12 months|
|Verification of statements of support|
|Max. 3 months|
|Submission of the initiative to the Commission|
|Examination, public hearing in the European Parliament and answer by the Commission|
|Max. 3 months|
|If the Commission decides to follow your initiative -> the legislative procedure starts|
Before organisers can start collecting statements of support from citizens, they have to request the registration of their proposed initiative on this website.
In order to register a proposed initiative, organisers have to provide the following information in one of the official EU languages:
Optionally, they may provide:
The Commission will register the proposed initiative within 2 months of the request provided that:
All registered initiatives are published on this website.
Once a proposed initiative is registered, the representative and substitute of the citizens' committee have access to a secure account on this site , where they can get information on the next steps in the procedure and manage all submissions to the Commission in the context of their proposed initiative.
After the registration, organisers can upload to their account translations of the proposed initiative in other official EU languages (at least the title, subject-matter and objectives). If there are no manifest and significant inconsistencies between the original version and the translation of the title, subject-matter and objectives of the proposed initiative, the Commission will publish the translations on this website.
Alternatively, organisers can send an e-mail to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) - firstname.lastname@example.org - to request them to provide translations (this offer covers all official EU languages except Irish). The EESC only provides translations of the title, subject-matter and objectives of the proposed initiatives. If organisers wish to also translate the Treaty provisions they considered relevant, their annex or their draft legislative act, they have to provide these translations themselves.
At the time of registration and throughout the procedure, organisers must provide up-to-date information on all sources of support and funding worth more than €500 per year and per sponsor.
NB: A registered initiative may be withdrawn by its organisers at any time before they send statements of support to be verified by a national authority. Withdrawal is irreversible. A withdrawn initiative cannot be resumed, and all statements of support collected become null and void.
Withdrawn initiatives – marked at such – remain viewable on this website under the section on obsolete initiatives.
For more information on registration, see FAQ.