Apr.20.─ In a rare moment of positive international news for more democracy, the European Commission has announced it will revise the regulations for the European Citizens’ Initiative. And what at first glance seems to be just an overdue acknowledgement by the executive branch of the European Union could become a true window of opportunity.
The unexpected announcement was made by the European Union’ss First Vice-President Frans Timmermans just before the Easter Holiday. The place of action was the annual European Citizens’ Initiative Day hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee, one of the advisory EU institutions. The ECI is a five-year-old process that allows citizens to bring forward their legislative proposals to the commission if they are backed by the signatures of at least one million Europeans across at least seven member states.