What is a citizens' initiative?
A group of at least 1 million EU nationals can ask the European Commission to propose a law in one of its policy areas.
This is called a ‘citizens’ initiative’.
How to organise an initiative
Before you launch your initiative, you need to set up an organising committee.
Your committee should be made up of at least 7 EU citizens, living in at least 7 different EU countries. They don’t have to be nationals of 7 different countries, but they must be old enough to vote in European Parliament elections in their country.
Requirements for creating an initiative
Your initiative must meet certain conditions, including
- at least 1 million signatures
- signatories from at least 7 EU countries (including a minimum number of signatures from each)
If your initiative meets all the conditions, the Commission will consider it.
Within 3 months
- EU officials will meet the organising committee
- you will have a public hearing at the European Parliament to explain your initiative
- the Commission will issue a formal reply – and explain why it will or will not propose a new law based on your proposal
Launch a citizens' initiative.