Want to get involved in European policy making? There are a number of ways of doing just that:
Ask the European Commission to propose legislation on an issue you care about – through an ECI. To show it has widespread support, your initiative will need to be signed by a million EU citizens, from at least a quarter of EU member countries (7 out of the 28).
When the Commission starts working on a new policy initiative or revises existing legislation, it usually opens a public consultation.
Individuals, businesses and other organisations with an interest in or expert knowledge on a given topic can help shape the Commission's draft proposal before it goes to the Council and European Parliament for discussion and adoption.
EU citizens and residents, as well as companies and other organisations headquartered in the EU may petition Parliament on issues related to EU policy that affect them directly.
Organisations and self-employed individuals can demonstrate their commitment to "playing by the rules" when lobbying the EU by appearing in the joint Parliament and Commission Transparency Register.