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The European Citizens' Initiative: a useful instrument for public participation?

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Schnellbach, Christoph

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Corporate Editor Universität München, Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Centrum für angewandte Politikforschung (C.A.P)
Abstract "The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) - one of the major innovations of the Lisbon Treaty - allows citizens from April 2012 to call directly on the European Commission to propose a legal act within the framework of its powers. However, the formal requirements for such an initiative have been set very high: to be successful, an ECI will require a million signatures from at least seven out of twenty-seven member states. While the idea behind the ECI is to address the democratic deficit in the European Union by helping citizens to participate directly in the legislative process, implementation issues could undermine the effectiveness, relevance and democratic potential of this new instrument." [author's abstract]
Keywords EU; European Policy; European Commission; political participation; EU citizen; citizens' action committee; referendum
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; European Politics
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
City München
Page/Pages 3 p.
Series CAPerspectives, 3/2011
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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