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European Parliament makes it easier to organise a European Citizens’ Initiative

MEPs update Citizens’ Initiative rules to increase chances of requests being successfully tabled.

Brussels, Mar.13.– The European Parliament adopted on Tuesday new rules for the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), by 535 votes in favour, 90 against and 41 abstentions. The updated mechanism intends to enable as many citizens as possible to launch and support new initiatives and to strengthen participatory democracy.

A stronger voice in the EU

National authorities will check whether signatures are valid through random sampling. MEPs also urge member states to consider reducing the minimum age for participation to sixteen years.