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Warming up for the Citizens' Initiative:
A Conference hosted by Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič
26 January 2012
European Commission Charlemagne Building, Brussels

Draft programme pdf - 649 KB [649 KB] français (fr)

To take part in this Conference, please register here.
Registration is free and open to all subject to availability.

Join the Facebook event page dedicated to the conference here.

The conference will be webstreamed live at the following address:
Languages available: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, sign language.
The videos of the conference will also be available after 26 January 2012.



The Lisbon Treaty introduces a new form of public participation in European Union policy shaping, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). As required by the Treaty, on a proposal from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council adopted a Regulation which defines the rules and procedure governing this new instrument (Regulation (EU) No. 211/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council 16 February 2011 on the citizens' initiative).

The ECI will allow 1 million citizens from at least one quarter of the EU Member States to invite the European Commission to bring forward proposals for legal acts in areas where the Commission has the power to do so. The organisers of a citizens' initiative, a citizens' committee composed of at least 7 EU citizens who are resident in at least 7 different Member States, will have 1 year to collect the necessary statements of support. The number of statements of support has to be certified by the competent authorities in the Member States. The Commission will then have 3 months to examine the initiative and decide how to act on it.

In accordance with the Regulation, it will only be possible to launch the first European Citizens' Initiatives from 1 April 2012.