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The European Citizens' Initiative - Chances, Constrains and Limits

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Glogowski, Pawel; Maurer, Andreas

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Corporate Editor Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS), Wien
Abstract In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of European Union citizenship under the Maastricht Treaty in 1993, the year 2013 has been designated by the European Commission as the ‘European Year of Citizens’. The European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) – labelled by the Commission as a ‘direct gateway through which citizens can make their voices heard in Brussels’ - may emerge in the European awareness as a new appealing platform for policy-shaping and communication. The ECI, through its transnational vox civilis character, figures among the most important novelties in the Lisbon Treaty and in the long run may facilitate and accelerate the bottom-up building of a European demos. The question is, however, whether the mechanism of pan-European signature collection is strong enough to face the democratic challenges present in the EU, especially during the ongoing financial crisis.
Keywords EU; citizens' action committee; citizen; political participation; European Commission; Lisbon Treaty; civil society; EU policy; citizens' participation; direct democracy
Classification European Politics; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages 34 p.
Series Reihe Politikwissenschaft / Institut für Höhere Studien, Abt. Politikwissenschaft, 134
ISSN 1605-8003
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications