European Citizens’ Initiative – First lessons of implementation


Upon request of the AFCO and PETI Committees, this study identifies difficulties faced by organisers when setting up and running a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). It analyses possible solutions and proposes recommendations to improve the ECI as an effective tool for participatory democracy in the EU. The aim is to propose measures to ensure a straightforward ECI process with less costs and burdens for EU citizens. The ultimate goal is to define concrete actions to empower EU citizens to actively participate in shaping the future of Europe.


Ms Marta Ballesteros Dr Emanuela Canetta Mr Alexandru Zaciu


Mr Udo Bux Mr Petr Novak Policy Department C: Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs European Parliament B-1047 Brussels E-mail: