Flagship petition scheme failing

Late start, low take up of EU citizens’ petition scheme

A year after it creaked into action the European Citizens Initiative (ECI) has failed to inspire participatory democracy. Only 14 have been registered with the European Commission. Only one is collecting signatures, a petition against privatising water supplies.

The initiative was part of the Lisbon Treaty and was intended to give citizens the ability to initiate policy for the European Commission.

There was criticism from the start, over the technical and other requirements needed.

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