2010/0074(COD)

Citizens' initiative

Procedure completed

2010/0074(COD) Citizens' initiative
RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead AFCO LAMASSOURE Alain (EPP), GURMAI Zita (S&D) KAMALL Syed (ECR), SCHOLZ Helmut (GUE/NGL), MESSERSCHMIDT Morten (EFD)
Opinion CULT THUN UND HOHENSTEIN Róża Gräfin von (EPP)
Opinion JURI
Opinion LIBE GÖNCZ Kinga (S&D), WIKSTRÖM Cecilia (ALDE)
Opinion PETI WALLIS Diana (ALDE), HÄFNER Gerald (Verts/ALE)
Lead committee dossier: AFCO/7/02669
Legal Basis TFEU TFEU 024-p1
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  • 2011/03/11 Final act published in Official Journal
  • 2011/02/16 Final act signed
  • 2011/02/16 End of procedure in Parliament
  • 2011/02/14 Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
  • #3066
  • 2011/02/14 Council Meeting
  • 2010/12/15 Text adopted by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
    • T7-0480/2010 summary
    • Results of vote in Parliament
  • 2010/12/15 Commission response to text adopted in plenary
  • #3060
  • 2010/12/14 Council Meeting
  • 2010/12/03 Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2010/11/30 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2010/11/15 Deadline Amendments
  • 2010/10/28 Committee draft report
  • 2010/07/14 Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
  • 2010/06/17 Referral to associated committees announced in Parliament
  • #3022
  • 2010/06/14 Council Meeting
  • #3010
  • 2010/04/26 Council Meeting
  • 2010/04/21 Document attached to the procedure
    • N7-0079/2010 summary
    • OJ C 323 30.11.2010, p. 0001
  • 2010/04/21 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2010/03/31 EP officialisation
  • 2010/03/31 Legislative proposal
    • COM(2010)0119 summary
    • SEC(2010)0370 summary
    • DG Secretariat General, ŠEFČOVIČ Maroš

Documents

Votes

Rapport Gurmai A7-0350/2010 - Am 72

2010/12/15
Position Total ALDE ECR EFD GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 97 5 0 2 28 3 2 5 52 0
Against 547 70 41 12 0 16 247 160 1 0
Abstain 11 2 0 5 1 3 0 0 0 0

Rapport Gurmai A7-0350/2010 - Am 73

2010/12/15
Position Total ALDE ECR EFD GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 87 3 1 0 28 3 2 0 50 0
Against 556 73 39 14 0 17 248 163 2 0
Abstain 12 1 0 4 1 3 0 2 1 0

Rapport Gurmai A7-0350/2010 - Am 74

2010/12/15
Position Total ALDE ECR EFD GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 107 4 1 1 29 19 0 2 51 0
Against 544 71 41 13 0 2 249 167 1 0
Abstain 8 1 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 0

Rapport Gurmai A7-0350/2010 - Am 71

2010/12/15
Position Total ALDE ECR EFD GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 112 5 0 10 28 19 1 0 49 0
Against 535 72 40 5 0 3 249 164 2 0
Abstain 9 0 0 6 1 1 0 0 1 0

Rapport Gurmai A7-0350/2010 - Résolution législative

2010/12/15
Position Total ALDE ECR EFD GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 628 78 39 14 19 12 247 167 52 0
Against 15 0 1 6 2 4 2 0 0 0
Abstain 24 0 2 2 9 7 2 2 0 0
AmendmentsDossier
567 2010/0074(COD) Citizens' initiative
2010/04/10 CULT 82 amendments...
source: PE-449.033
2010/09/08 CULT 24 amendments...
source: PE-445.900
2010/09/27 LIBE 31 amendments...
source: PE-448.978
2010/10/13 LIBE 111 amendments...
source: PE-450.621
2010/10/27 PETI 61 amendments...
source: PE-450.890
2010/10/28 AFCO, AFCO, PETI 60 amendments...
source: PE-445.836
2010/11/16 AFCO 144 amendments...
source: PE-452.836
2010/11/17 PETI 54 amendments...
source: PE-452.817

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    • The Council held an orientation debate on a proposal for a regulation aimed at making operational the "citizens' initiative", one of the most visible innovations of the Treaty of Lisbon.

      In the light of the debate, it asked the Permanent Representatives Committee to oversee further work on the draft regulation so as to enable a general approach to be defined at the Council's meeting on 14 June 2010.

      The Treaty of Lisbon introduces a new dimension of participatory democracy, alongside that of representative democracy on which the EU is founded, with the aim of bringing the EU closer to its citizens and encouraging greater cross-border debate about EU issues.

      The "citizens' initiative" will enable citizens to invite the Commission to bring forward legislative proposals on a specific issue if the signatories to such a request number at least one million and come from a significant number of Member States. The proposal sets out the procedures and conditions for how the citizens' initiative will function in practice.

      The Council's debate focused on the following issues:

      • registration of a proposed initiative and admissibility;
      • the minimum number of signatories per member state;
      • procedures and conditions for the collection of statements of support;
      • online collection systems.
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    • The Council reached agreement on a general approach on a draft regulation aimed at making it possible for EU citizens to call for legislative proposals to be made on a specific issue.

      It asked the presidency to start negotiations with the European Parliament, on the basis of the general approach, so as to enable the regulation to be adopted at first reading.

      The initiative, one of the main innovations of the Treaty of Lisbon, will enable citizens to ask the Commission to bring forward legislative proposals if the signatories to such a demand number at least one million and come from a significant number of Member States.

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    • The Committee on Constitutional Affairs adopted the report drafted by Zita GURMAI (S&D, HU) and Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the citizens' initiative.

      It recommended that the European Parliament's position at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure (formerly known as the codecision procedure) should be to amend the Commission proposal.

      Threshold to launch the Citizens' Initiative: it is necessary to establish a minimum number of Member States from which citizens must come. This threshold should ensure that a citizens' initiative is representative of a Union interest but the requirements should not be too cumbersome. It therefore should be set at one fifth of the Member States.

      Organisers: a genuine citizens' initiative should, per definitionem, be a tool of participatory democracy which is open for citizens of the Union and not for legal persons. Therefore, Members consider that the the organisers should only be citizens (natural persons). The organisers should form a citizens' committee in order to be able to launch an initiative. Organisers shall form a citizens' committee of at least seven persons who are residents of at least seven Member States.

      The organisers shall designate one representative and one substitute, who shall perform a liaison function between the citizens' committee and the institutions of the European Union throughout the procedure and who shall be mandated to speak and act on behalf of the citizens' committee.

      Registration of a proposed citizens' initiative: the organisers shall provide regularly updated information on the sources of support and funding for the initiative. The translation of the initiative into other official languages of the Union shall be the responsibility of the organisers.

      The Commission shall register a proposed initiative within two months from its receipt when the following conditions are fulfilled:

      • the citizens' committee has been formed and the contact persons have been designated;
      • there are no manifest, significant inconsistencies between the linguistic versions of the title, subject-matter and objectives of the proposed initiative;
      • the initiative does not manifestly fall outside the scope of the Commission's power under the Treaties to submit a proposal for the requested legal act;
      • the proposed initiative is not manifestly abusive, frivolous or vexatious;
      • the proposed initiative is not manifestly contrary to the values of the Union as set out in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union.

      The Commission shall reject the registration if the necessary conditions are not met. Where it refuses to register an initiative, the Commission shall inform the organisers of the reasons for such refusal and of all possible judicial and extrajudicial remedies available to them.

      The citizens' committee should remain free to withdraw an initiative when it considers that it is useless to continue the collection of signatures or it simply does not intend to continue its activity for any reasons. However, this opportunity should not be granted after the submission of the statements of support, because Member States spend taxpayers' money on verifying signatures.

      Online collection systems: the online collection of signatures should be facilitated by the Commission by making available an open-source software. The software and the relevant support services shall be made available to the organisers free of charge. The Commission shall inform the European Parliament of the state of progress in the creation of the open-source software no later than three months after the entry into force of this Regulation.

      Provisions for the verification and certification of statements of support by the Member States: the organiser shall submit statements of support to the Member State where the signatories have their permanent residence or in the case where a signatory is not a national of the Member State in which he or she permanently resides may choose to be considered as coming either from the Member State in which he or she permanently resides or from the Member State of which he or she is a national. A signatory permanently resident in a third country shall be considered as coming from the Member State of which he or she is a national.

      Examination procedure: where the Commission receives a citizens' initiative, it shall:

      • examine the citizens' initiative, receive the organisers of the initiative at an appropriate level and, within three months, set out in a communication its initial conclusions on the initiative;
      • organise a public hearing jointly with the European Parliament through its committee responsible, at which the Commission shall be represented at Commissioner or Director-General level and at which the organisers shall have the opportunity to explain in detail the matters raised by the initiative;
      • present a legislative proposal within one year or include that proposal in its next year's Work Programme.

      Assistance: the Commission shall:

      • draw up a comprehensive, user-friendly guide on the citizens' initiative and shall keep it up to date;
      • provide a help desk in order to support organisers and to enter into a dialogue from an early stage of the procedure;
      • inform the organisers of current or intended legislative proposals on matters raised by the initiative and of other registered citizens' initiatives that wholly or partly concern the same matter.

      Review clause: three years after the entry into force of this Regulation, and every three years thereafter, the Commission shall present a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of this Regulation, with special emphasis on online collection systems and the application of transparency requirements concerning support and funding for initiatives, together, if appropriate, with a legislative proposal for amendment of this Regulation.

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    • PURPOSE: to establish the procedures and conditions required for a citizens' initiative.

      LEGISLATIVE ACT: Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the citizens' initiative.

      CONTENT: following an agreement with the European Parliament in first reading, the Council adopted this Regulation on the European citizens' initiative, one of the main innovations under the Treaty of Lisbon, which will enable citizens to ask the Commission to bring forward legislative proposals under certain conditions. The Treaty of Lisbon introduced a new dimension of participatory democracy, alongside that of representative democracy on which the EU is founded, with the aim of bringing the EU closer to its citizens by encouraging more cross-border debate about EU issues.

      The Regulation sets out the procedures and conditions for implementing the citizens' initiative.

      The Citizens initiative is defined as an initiative submitted to the Commission in accordance with this Regulation, inviting the Commission to submit any appropriate proposal on matters where citizens consider that a legal act of the Union is required for the purpose of implementing the Treaties. The initiative must receive the support of at least one million eligible signatories coming from at least one quarter of all Member States.

      Requirements for organisers and for signatories: the organisers must be citizens of the Union and be of the age to be entitled to vote in elections to the European

      Parliament. They should form a citizens' committee of at least seven persons who are residents of at least seven different Member States. Organisers who are Members of the European Parliament shall not be counted for the purposes of reaching the minimum number required to form a citizens' committee.

      Eligible signatories shall be citizens of the Union and shall be of the age to be entitled to vote in elections to the European Parliament.

      Registration of a proposed citizens' initiative: prior to initiating the collection of statements of support from signatories for a proposed citizens' initiative, the organisers shall be required to register it with the Commission, providing the information set out in the Regulation, in particular on the subject matter and objectives of the proposed citizens' initiative. That information shall be provided in one of the official languages of the Union, in an online register made available for that purpose by the Commission. Within two months from the receipt of the information, the Commission shall register a proposed citizens' initiative under a unique registration number and send a confirmation to the organisers, provided certain conditions are fulfilled. In particular, the proposed citizens' initiative must not manifestly fall outside the framework of the Commission's powers, nor be manifestly abusive, frivolous or vexatious, nor contrary to the values of the Union.  Where it refuses to register a proposed citizens' initiative, the Commission shall inform the organisers of the reasons and of all possible judicial and extrajudicial remedies available.  

      Procedures and conditions for the collection of statements of support: the organisers shall be responsible for the collection of the statements of support using only forms which comply with the models set out in the Regulation and which are in one of the language versions included in the register. The organisers may collect statements of support in paper form or electronically. The Regulation contains special provisions where statements of support are collected online. Signatories may only support a given proposed citizens' initiative once. All statements of support shall be collected after the date of registration of the proposed citizens' initiative and within a period not exceeding 12 months.

      Minimum number of signatories per Member State : the signatories of a citizens' initiative shall come from at least one quarter of Member States. In at least one quarter of Member States, signatories shall comprise at least the minimum number of citizens set out, at the time of registration of the proposed citizens' initiative, in the text. Those minimum numbers shall correspond to the number of the Members of the European Parliament elected in each Member State, multiplied by 750.  Signatories shall be considered as coming from the Member State which is responsible for the verification of their statement of support.  

      Verification and certification by Member States of statements of support: after collecting the necessary statements of support, the organisers shall submit the statements of support, in paper or electronic form, to the relevant competent authorities for verification and certification. For that purpose the organisers shall use the form set out in the Regulation and shall separate those statements of support collected in paper form, those which were electronically signed using an advanced electronic signature and those collected through an online collection system. Within three months the competent authorities shall verify the statements of support and deliver to the organisers free of charge a certificate in accordance with the model set out in the Regulation certifying the number of valid statements of support for the Member State concerned. The regulation contains provisions on the verification of signatures and in order to prevent potential abuses.

      Submission of a citizens' initiative to the Commission: after obtaining the certificates the organisers may submit the citizens' initiative to the Commission, accompanied by information regarding any support and funding received for that initiative. That information shall be published in the register. The amount of support and funding received from any source in excess of which information is to be provided shall be identical to that set out in Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 on political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding

      Procedure for the examination of a citizens' initiative by the Commission: the Commission must (i) publish the citizens' initiative without delay in the register; (ii) receive the organisers at an appropriate level to allow them to explain in detail the matters raised by the citizens' initiative;(iii) within three months, set out in a communication its legal and political conclusions on the citizens' initiative, the action it intends to take, if any, and its reasons for taking or not taking that action.

      Public hearing: the organisers shall be given the opportunity to present the citizens' initiative at a public hearing. The Commission and the European Parliament shall ensure that this hearing is organised at the European Parliament, if appropriate together with such other institutions and bodies of the Union as may wish to participate, and that the Commission is represented at an appropriate level.

      The Regulation contains provisions on the protection of personal data, the liability of organisers, penalties, competent authorities in Member States and delegated acts.

      Review: by 1 April 2015, and every three years thereafter, the Commission shall present a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the application of the Regulation.

      ENTRY INTO FORCE: 31 March 2010

      APPLICATION: from 1 April 2012.

      DELEGATED ACTS: the Commission may adopt, by means of delegated acts, amendments to the Annexes to this Regulation within the scope of the relevant provisions of this Regulation. The power to adopt the delegated acts shall be conferred on the Commission for an indeterminate period of time.The delegation of power may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council.The European Parliament or the Council may object to the delegated act within a period of two months from the date of notification (this period may be extended by two months). If either of the two institutions objects to a delegated act, it shall not enter into force.

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