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Public consultation on the European Citizens' Initiative
Policy field(s)
General and Institutional Affairs
Target group(s)
All interested parties
Period of consultation
From 11.11.2009 to 31.01.2010 This public consultation is now closed
Objective of the consultation
The Lisbon Treaty introduces a new form of public participation in European Union policy shaping, the European citizens’ initiative, which enables one million citizens who are nationals of a significant number of Member States to call directly on the European Commission to bring forward an initiative of interest to them in an area of EU competence. Before citizens can start exercising this new right, a few ground rules and procedures have to be laid down in an EU regulation.
Given the importance of this new tool for citizens, civil society and stakeholders across the EU, the Commission has opened a broad public consultation in order to seek the views of all interested parties on how the citizens' initiative should work in practice.
The Green Paper, which launches this consultation, gives an overview of the legal, administrative and practical issues that will need to be addressed by the Regulation and asks a number of questions to which interested parties are invited to respond by 31st January 2010.
View the consultation document
Green Paper on a European Citizens' Initiative pdf - 64 KB [64 KB] български (bg) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) lietuvių kalba (lt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) suomi (fi)
Reference documents and other, related consultations
Citizens' summary pdf - 20 KB [20 KB] български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)
Website on the Lisbon Treaty
FAQ pdf - 34 KB [34 KB]
Press release
Contact details
responsible serviceEuropean Commission
Secretariat General
Directorate E "Better Regulation and Institutional Issues"
Unit E.1 "Institutional Issues"
postal addressEuropean Commission
B - 1049 Brussels
View the contributions
In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.
Results of consultation and next steps
Stakeholder Hearing on the European Citizens' Initiative - Brussels, 22 February 2010
Outcome of the public consultation on the Green Paper on a European Citizens' Initiative pdf - 30 KB [30 KB]
Protection of personal dataSpecific privacy statement pdf - 18 KB [18 KB]