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We want a more effective European Citizens’ Initiative

Press release by György Schöpflin

“The European Citizens’ Initiative is by far the most attractive way for citizens to send their ideas and aspirations for change to the European Commission and the EU as a whole. The new regulations will make this smoother and more effective, and it only remains for the Commission to administer the ECI in a constructive spirit”, said György Schöpflin MEP, author of the Report, after a reform of the European Citizens’ Initiative Regulation was adopted today by the Constitutional Affairs Committee.

The European Citizens’ Initiative is a way for citizens to shape Europe by inviting the…

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June 21, 2018

Europe

A transnational list would have created a more distant, less democratic EU

To strengthen the EU, we must all work to close the gap between European institutions and European citizens. That’s the position of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the one that the Hungarian EPP delegation has advocated for some time. After all, European integration is for the people and not the other way around. Last week’s rejection of the transnational list for EP elections – by an overwhelming majority of MEPs – is absolutely a step in the right direction.
As a result of Brexit, the planned departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union will vacate 73 seats in…

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February 15, 2018

Editorial

European Citizens’ Initiative: a keystone of democracy at risk

European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is a keystone of participative democracy, but the shortfalls in its implementation and in its follow up, can waste its potential insisted Danuta Hübner and György Schöpflin during today’s hearing on the European Citizens’ Initiative. The meeting made it possible to look at these issues in depth and will formulate the ideas by which future developments will be guided.

I am afraid that we have not yet quite absorbed this new reality in which citizens are co-equal to the EP and the Council with respect to requesting the Commission to initiate a legislative proposal which…

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February 26, 2015