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Foilsithe: 12/03/2013 11:51

Fancy changing the law?

Tá an t‑ábhar seo ar fáil faoi láthair sna teangacha seo a leanas: .

What would you do if you were in charge? The citizens’ initiative allows you to have input into EU policies and even propose your own legislation.

Citizens Initiative

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The European citizens' initiative allows you to participate directly in EU policy making, by calling on the European Commission to propose a new law.


It starts with an idea…

If your idea is in a policy area where the Commission has powers to propose laws, you can submit a citizens' initiative for it.

There are obviously some formal conditions you need to meet to do this – in particular, you can't go it alone: your initiative needs to be submitted jointly through a “citizens' committee” .

And you need to get 1 million signatures in a number of different EU countries. But get that far and you may be in business!


What happens next?

With your million signatures you have a guarantee that:

  • the Commission will seriously examine your initiative – you can even meet Commission officials in person to explain your idea in detail
  • you can present your initiative at a public hearing in the European Parliament

The Commission is legally bound to make a formal response, spelling out either what action it will propose, and why – or why it cannot act.

If the Commission decides to act, this will be in the form of a formal proposal for a new law. However, to be enacted, the law must be approved by (usually) both the European Parliament and EU governments, acting jointly through the EU Council .