Given the importance of this new tool for citizens, civil society and stakeholders across the EU, the Commission carried out a broad public consultation on the basis of a green paper from 11 November 2009 to 31 January 2010 in order to seek the views of all interested parties on how the citizens' initiative should work in practice.
To find out more about this consultation, please click here.
Following this public consultation, the European Commission submitted a proposal for a Regulation on the citizens' initiative to the European Parliament and the Council on 31 March 2010.
More information on the Commission's proposal:
Finally, an agreement was reached on the Regulation on the European citizens' initiative in December 2010. The Regulation was then formally adopted on 16 February 2011.