- As a follow-up to the Stop Vivisection initiative, the European Commission is organising a scientific conference in Brussels on 6-7 December 2016 to engage the scientific community and relevant stakeholders in a debate on how to exploit cutting edge advances in biomedical and other research in the development of scientifically valid non-animal approaches (alternatives to animal testing).
- A preview of the next version of the online collection software is now available on the JoinUp website, including a remote web service functionality. Your can test it and provide your feedback until 2 December 2015.
- A new version of the online collection software has been published on the
- New statement of support forms will be available as of 28 July. Please see the
Commission Delegated Regulation
of 31 mars 2015 for full details. Organisers of the currently registered initiatives will be able to continue using the current version of the statement of support forms or to start using the new version from 28 July.
- Right2Water - The
for the evaluation of the Drinking Water Directive has been published. If you wish, you can provide feedback on the Roadmap. For an overview over all follow-up actions, please click here.
- The European Commission has adopted the Communication in response to the third successful European Citizens' Initiative, Stop vivisection. See press release.
- The General Secretariat of the Council, the Latvian presidency of the Council and the ECI Campaign jointly organise a conference to discuss the ECI on Tuesday, 16 June, in the Council of the EU. If you want to register, click here.
- The organisers of the Stop Vivisection initiative met today with European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness and Director-General Karl Falkenberg, responsible for DG Environment. See press release.
- The hearing at the European Parliament (11/05, 15:00 - 18:30) will be webstreamed live at the following address: Ebs, Europarl
- A preview of the next version of the online collection software is now available on the JoinUp website
- Corrigenda to the annexes of the Regulation on the citizens' initiative have been published in 16 languages. The resulting linguistic modifications have been incorporated in the Commission IT tools assisting the organisers, namely the Commission software and the organiser accounts on this website.
- An updated version of the document indicating which form you can use to give your support to a citizens' initiative depending on your citizenship and residence is now available.
- Right2Water Initiative: The Commission organizes a stakeholder meeting on benchmarking of water quality and services on 9 September 2014 in Brussels. The exercise aims to increase transparency on performance of water and sanitation services. Questions can be sent to EC-WATER-BENCHMARKING@ec.europe.eu .
- The minimum numbers of signatories per Member State have been modified to take into account the change in the basis for calculation (the number of Members of the European Parliament per Member State). These numbers will apply to all initiatives registered as of 1st July 2014. Check the new numbers.
- Due to maintenance operations, the citizens' initiative website will not be available on 7 June from 20:00 to 23:00 CEST. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your understanding.
- The European Commission has adopted the Communication in response to the second successful European Citizens' Initiative, One of Us. See press release.
- The organisers of the One of us initiative met today with the Commissioner responsible for Research, Innovation and Science, Ms Geoghegan-Quinn, and the Deputy Director-General responsible for Development and Cooperation, Mr. Cornaro. See press release.
- The hearing at the European Parliament (10 April, 09:00 - 12:30) will be webstreamed live at the following address: Ebs, Europarl
- The European Commission has adopted the Communication in response to the first successful European Citizens' Initiative, '"Right2Water"'. See press release.
- The second European Citizens' Initiative having gathered the required number of signatories, "One of us", has been submitted to the Commission. The Commission has 3 months to answer. See press release and examination procedure.
- The organisers of the right2water initiative met today with Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič. See press release.
- The hearing at the European Parliament (17 February, 15:00 - 18:30) will be webstreamed live at the following address: Ebs
- the first eight European Citizens' Initiatives (ECIs) arrived yesterday at midnight at the end of their collection period. See 31 October Press release. Three of them, Right2Water, One of Us, and Stop Vivisection, declare having reached the target of one million signatures in the EU and a minimum number of signatures in at least seven Member States. The statements of support have still to be verified by the competent national authorities before the formal submission of these initiatives to the Commission.
- A new registration form as well as new statement of support forms will be available from 8th October. Please see Commission delegated Regulation (EU) No 887/2013 of 11 July 2013 for full details. Organisers of the currently registered initiatives will be able to continue using the current version of the statement of support forms or to start using the new version from 8th October.
- Due to maintenance operations, the citizens' initiative website will not be available on 24 May from 20:00 to 23:00 CEST. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your understanding.
- A set of guidelines and recommendations for the practical implementation of the European Citizens’ Initiative, intended for the use of competent national authorities and organisers, is now available. They cover the various stages of the ECI procedure, from registration with the Commission through to the verification of statements of support.
- As a response to issues faced by the organisers during the start-up phase, the Commission has decided that it will exceptionally accept the statements of support collected until 01/11/2013 for all currently registered initiatives.
- First European citizens' initiative running on Commission's servers, "Fraternité 2020", can now start collecting statements of support online, following the certification of their system by the competent national authority of Luxembourg - Press release
- The first initiative - right2water - has started collecting statement of supports online. Its online system has been successfully set up with a private host provider and certified by the competent national authority. Press release
- Exceptional assistance by the Commission in the start-up phase. To help get the first European citizens' initiatives off the ground, the Commission has, as an exceptional measure, offered its own servers to organisers having a hard time finding a host provider, and is assisting them all the way in preparing for the certification of their online collection system by the competent national authority. See 18 July ESPRESSO and link to joinup.eu.
- The first European citizens' initiatives have been registered; the collection of signatures supporting them can now start. Find out here what these initiatives propose.
- The minimum numbers of signatories per Member State have been modified to take into account the change in the basis for calculation (the number of Members of the European Parliament per Member State). Check the new numbers.
- Corrigenda to the Regulation on the citizens' initiative will soon be published in 19 languages, in particular as regards the statement of support forms. This will also be incorporated in the Commission software for which a new release will take place this week. Potential organisers should make sure to use this updated version in their system