The Treaty of Lisbon provides that, at the initiative of not less than one million EU citizens who are nationals of a significant number of Member States, the Commission can be asked, within the framework of its powers, to submit any appropriate proposal on matters where those citizens consider that a legal act of the Union is required for the purpose of implementing the Treaties. The European Parliament and the Council are to adopt, by way of regulations and under the ordinary legislative procedure, the requisite procedures and conditions for the presentation of citizens’ initiatives, including the minimum number of Member States from which citizens presenting such initiatives must come.
What measures, and what timescale, is the Commission contemplating for regulation of the procedures and conditions for the presentation of this type of legislative initiative?
(EN) The Commission welcomes the introduction of the European Citizens' initiative which will give a stronger voice to the European Union citizens, add a new dimension to European democracy and complement the set of rights related to the citizenship of the Union.
Given the legal, administrative and practical issues that are raised by the new European Citizens' Initiative, introduced by Article 11 of the Treaty on European Union, and its importance for citizens, stakeholders and public authorities in the Member States, the Commission published a Green Paper on 11 November 2009 in order to seek the views of all interested parties on the key issues that will shape the future Regulation. Stakeholders had until 31st January 2010 to respond to the consultation.The replies to this Green Paper, as well as Parliament's resolution on the Citizens' initiative adopted in May 2009, will serve as basis for the preparation of the Commission's proposal for a Regulation,.
The Commission is convinced that European citizens should benefit from the European Citizens' Initiative as quickly as possible. To that end, it will put forward shortly a proposal for a Regulation on the basis of Article 24 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The Commission's ambition would be to make it possible for the Regulation to be adopted before the end of the first year after the entry into force of the Treaty and it trusts that the European Parliament and Council will share this objective.