Italian stakeholders and a representative of ALDA discussed ECI revision
On 12th May, Aldo Xhani, Coordinator of ALDA Europe, participated in the meeting of the Italian Alliance for the European Year of Citizens, held in Rome, Italy, in order to launch the discussion on the process of possible revision concerning the implementation of Regulation No. 211/2011 on the European Citizens` Initiative (ECI).
ECI, an innovative tool introduced by the article 11 of the Treaty of Lisbon which came into force on 1st April 2012, gives citizens of the EU a unique opportunity to directly place their interests to the center of European policy-making by asking the European Commission to legislate on a matter of its competence. However, the instrument has shown severe limitations when it comes to its complicated procedure, low registration rate and insignificant real impact on European legislation.
The participants of the meeting discussed the Commission and the Ombudsman critical reports and also the draft report of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and reform proposal presented by the Democracy International. Highlighted were particularly the issues of establishment and competencies of the Europe Direct Contact Centre; the need to provide more detailed guidelines on the interpretation of legal bases and more information on data protection obligations in each Member State; the European Economic and Social Committee’s proposal to provide free translations of ECI texts.