European Parliament and Council agree over European Citizens´ Initiative Regulation

(10 January 2010) The final plenary session of the EP reached agreement over the Regulation on the European Citizens´ Initiative 15 December 2010. The Regulation will lay down what conditions and practicalities need to be fulfilled when organizing an ECI to obtain a million signatures. An organizing committee of 7 from 7 different Member States needs to be set up. Signatures need to come from at least a quarter of Member States with minimum numbers defined. The Commission will verify the ECI and its appropriateness at the beginning and the Commission and EP will organize a public hearing when a million signatures are organized. The ECI regulation needs to be adopted in national legislation in 2012. The Council stills needs to ratify the compromise in early 2011. The [position of the EP is available here->http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/file.jsp?id=5849832] A [commentary of the European Policy Centre can be found here-> http://www.epc.eu/documents/uploads/pub_1203_the_european_citizens_initiative.pdf] [Earlier EPSU position of the Executive Committee in May 2010->http://www.epsu.org/IMG/pdf/5.2_d_cover_ECI_and_water_campaign.pdf]