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European Citizens' Initiative


Get a greater say in the policies that affect your life. The European Citizens' Initiative is a unique way for you to help shape the EU by calling on the European Commission to propose new laws. Once an initiative has reached 1 million signatures, the Commission will decide on what action to take. See how it works step by step
If you consider starting an initiative, consult the ECI Forum for legal and practical advice.
The European Citizens’ Initiative: Your right as an EU citizen 

Latest news

IT developments
  • 01/12/2023

Updates to the Central Online Collection System

A new version of the Central Online Collection System, used by individual ECIs to collect support online, is available now. Users may notice improvements in the look and feel, for example, the improved map of Europe with information on support numbers per country. As support using electronic identification (eID) is getting more popular, the users can now easily see which national electronic identification scheme is available for them.

ECI Forum webinar invitation, with title and date
  • 21/11/2023

Webinar ‘What is the ECI and Why Should I Care?’ - 23 November

On Thursday, 23 November, at 12.30 CET, the ECI Forum will host a webinar ‘What is the ECI and Why Should I Care?’. This webinar will focus on the process of the ECI, the support tools available to organisers and testimonials from two organisers of successful initiatives.


New initiative registered
  • 08/11/2023

Commission registers four new European citizens' initiatives

On 8 November 2023, the Commission registered four European citizens' initiatives, entitled: ‘EU Live Bus Stop Info’, ‘Trust and Freedom’, “I’m Going European” and ‘Creation of a European Environment Authority’.

The ‘EU Live Bus Stop Info’ initiative calls for the integration of QR codes at bus stops across the EU Member States, to allow passengers to access real-time information.

The ‘Trust and Freedom’ initiative calls for measures regarding informed consent, human dignity, freedom, and bodily autonomy. In particular, it refers to the right to make informed decisions regarding healthcare and treatment options.

 ‘“I’m Going European”: An ECI to Connect your National and European Citizenship’ aims to introduce a right to education on European citizenship, human rights, democracy and the rule of law and to back this up through a series of requirements.

The ‘Creation of a European Environment Authority’ initiative calls for the setting up of a European Environment Authority, with power to issue binding administrative decisions, monitor activities with environmental impact and issue sanctions for environmental pollution.

With these 4 new initiatives, the number of initiatives registered in 2023 increases to 11. Their organisers have six months now to choose the moment to start the collection of support.


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