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Registration of the proposed initiative on this website

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:

  • the title of the proposed citizens' initiative (maximum 100 characters)
  • the subject-matter (maximum 200 characters)
  • the objectives of the proposed citizens' initiative on which the Commission is invited to act (maximum 500 characters)
  • the provisions of the Treaties considered relevant by the organisers for the proposed action
  • personal details of the 7 required committee members (full names, postal addresses, nationalities and dates of birth), indicating specifically the representative and his/her substitute as well as their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers
  • documents that prove the full names, postal addresses, nationalities and dates of birth of each of the 7 members of the citizens’ committee
  • all sources of funding and support for the proposed citizens' initiative (known at the time of registration) worth more than €500 per year and per sponsor.

Optionally, they may provide:

  • the address of their website for the proposed initiative (if any)
  • an annex (maximum 5 MB) with more detailed information on the subject, objectives and background to the proposed citizens' initiative
  • a draft legal act (maximum 5 MB).

Register a proposed initiative

Conditions

The Commission will register the proposed initiative within 2 months of the request provided that:

  • the citizens' committee has been formed and the contact persons designated
  • the proposed initiative does not manifestly fall outside the framework of the Commission's powers to submit a proposal for a legal act of the Union for the purpose of implementing the Treaties
  • the proposed initiative is not manifestly abusive, frivolous or vexatious, and
  • the proposed initiative is not manifestly contrary to the EU values as set out in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union.

Publication

All registered initiatives are published on this website.

Managing a proposed initiative

Once a proposed initiative is registered, the representative and substitute of the citizens' committee have access to a secure account on this site PDF, 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.

Languages

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.

Transparency as regards support and funding

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.