Want to get involved in European policymaking? There are several options open to you:
Should the EU legislate on an issue that matters to you? Consider starting a European citizens' initiative asking the European Commission to propose a legal act. Your initiative will need to demonstrate widespread support. That means it must be signed by a million EU citizens, from at least a quarter of EU countries (7 of the 27).
The Regulation on citizens' initiatives is currently under review — learn more.
EU citizens and people living in the EU may petition Parliament on issues to do with EU policy that affect them directly, as may companies and other organisations with head offices in the EU.
The European Commission’s better regulation agenda has opened up more opportunities to contribute to EU policymaking. Have your say through:
Can an EU law be made more effective and efficient? Send in your idea via Lighten the load.
Citizens' Dialogues are held in cities across the EU. They offer opportunities to discuss issues you are concerned about with representatives of the European Parliament, the Commission and other EU bodies.
A special online consultation is also up and running. By participating you can get involved in helping to shape the future of the EU.
Do you represent an organisation or are you are a self-employed individual involved in activities that influence the EU institutions’ policymaking and decision-making processes?
If so, subscribe to the EU Transparency Register.
Parliamentary democracy open to all: launching a Citizens’ Initiative for new EU legislation is highly complex, but potentially rewarding (28/05/2012).
Do you have a complaint or a request that relates to one of the EU's areas of activity? Before sending it to the Petitions Committee have a look how it works (29/03/2012).
The new rules for the European Citizens Initiative have been shaped by the contribution of thousands of citizens and organisations across the EU. They will make it easier to launch and support citizens' initiatives demanding concrete changes to EU laws.