Headlines September 2010
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič discusses European Citizens' Initiative with national parliamentarians
Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President for Inter-institutional Relations and Administration, has called for rapid agreement on the Commission's proposal for a European Citizens' Initiative: "The European Citizens' Initiative is one of the Treaty's most important innovations. It adds a whole new dimension of participatory democracy to the Union and represents a significant step forward in the democratic life of the Union. It provides a unique opportunity to bring the Union closer to the citizens and to encourage greater cross-border debate about EU issues. It is therefore important that this new instrument is made available to citizens as soon as possible."
Vice-President Šefčovič: "The steady increase in registrations shows that we are on the right way. It is a encouragement for the joint Commission - Parliament register we are working on."
At the beginning of the year, 2300 entities had registered. Since then a steady weekly increase has been observed; a trend which has allowed to reach the symbolic level of 3000 at the end of August. The latest registrations came from companies, associations representing certain business areas, NGOs, consultancy firms, think tanks and academic institutions.