A new right for EU citizens : you can set the agenda!
Making the European Union more democratic and transparent is one of the priorities of the Juncker Commission. It is against this background that the European citizens’ initiative is particularly important since it gives them the opportunity to express their concerns in a very concrete way and to influence the European political and legislative agenda. On 31 March 2015, the Commission published its first report on the implementation of this instrument. After only 3 years of existence, the facts show the interest of the general public for the citizens’ initiative. In particular, about 6 million... citizens have already made use of their new right, and three initiatives have managed to gather more than 1 million signatures. However, we are aware that some aspects can still be improved, and we have started a reflection on possible options for improving the tool and have the intention of involving all relevant stakeholders in this exercise.