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The European citizens' initiative


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 large number of EU countries 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 Paperpdf Choose translations of the previous link  [63 KB] българскиDeutscheestiespañolfrançaisitalianolietuviųNederlandspolskiromânăslovenčinasuomi, which launched this consultation, gave an overview of the legal, administrative and practical issues that need to be addressed by the Regulation and asked a number of questions to which interested parties were invited to respond by 31 January 2010.

View the consultation document

Green Paper on a European Citizens' Initiativepdf Choose translations of the previous link  [63 KB] българскиDeutscheestiespañolfrançaisitalianolietuviųNederlandspolskiromânăslovenčinasuomi

Reference documents and other related consultations

Contact details

Service in charge:

European Commission
Secretariat General
Directorate E "Better Regulation and Institutional Issues"
Unit E.1 "Institutional Issues"


Postal address:

European 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