Revision of the procedures for the European Citizen Initiative - approaching citizens to the European institutions and agenda
On 14th December 2014, ALDA Secretary General, Antonella Valmorbida, and the President of the European Movement Italy, Piervirgilio Dastoli, sent a letter to Barbara Spinelli, Member of the European Parliament, concerning a possible revision of the procedures for the European Citizen Initiative (ECI).
The revision aims to make the initiative more accessible, in order to approach citizens to the agenda of European institutions and to make Europe itself more democratic.
The ECI is an essential instrument towards the involvement of citizens at the European level, but some problems related to the collection of signatures and the way it is performed have been identified during the first months of the implementation. A great diffusion should be guaranteed, especially among those citizens who have been so far excluded from the initiative.
Finally, according to the procedure, the European Commission can reject the proposal once the signatures are collected, allowing the space for a political judgement on the validity of the proposal. This, in fact, risks blocking citizens’ participation to the European decision-making process.
Please find here the letter (pdf in Italian)