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The European Citizens’ Initiative. What it is State of play ICT Aspects. European Commission Secretariat-General Unit G.4 General Institutional Issues 15 October 2013. What is it?. Invitation by one million EU citizens to the European Commission to propose legislation

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the european citizens initiative

The European Citizens’ Initiative

  • What it is
  • State of play
  • ICT Aspects

European Commission


Unit G.4 General Institutional Issues

15 October 2013

what is it
What is it?
  • Invitation by one million EU citizens to the European Commission to propose legislation
  • First transnational tool of participatorydemocracy(alsofirst transnational legal instrument of e-participation )
  • Introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon (Art. 11(4) TEU)
  • Rules and procedures defined by Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 on the citizens’ initiative, which started to apply on 1 April 2012
how does it work
How does it work?

Collect statements of support in at least 7 Member States

You wish to collect online? Get your system certified

Register your initiative

Get statements of support certified by Member States

If the Commission decides to follow your initiative. The legislative procedure starts.

Prepare your initiative and set up your citizens’ committee

You have at least one million signatories? Submit your initiative to the Commission

The Commission examines your initiative and replies

state of play
State of play
  • 41 requests for registration, (6 of which withdrawn but 4 re-registered )
  • 17 are accepted and ongoing, 14 of which collect online
  • 12 rejected,
  • 6 being analysed,
  • 2 initiatives ("Right2water" and "One of Us") announcedthatthey have reached 1 million statements of support and the minimum thresholds in more than 7 MS,
  • "Right2water" has submitted the statements of support for verification by the MSs,
  • The Commission isexpecting the possible submission of the "Right2water" initiative before the end of 2013,
ict aspects eci website
ICT Aspects – ECI Website
  • Websiteproviding information on the rules and procedures for the ECI
  • Registerof all ECI launched in the EU according to theirstatus
  • Online formfor organisers to request the registration of theirproposed initiative
  • Access to a personal organiser accountto make the necessaryrequests in the procedure:
    • Addlanguage versions to their initiative
    • Update sources of support and funding
    • Submittheir initiative
    • Withdrawtheir initiative
ict aspects requirements online collection
ICT Aspects – Requirements Online collection

Organisers build their own online collection system

Data should be stored in the territory of one MS

Systems should ensure that:

(a) only natural persons may submit a statement of support form online;

(b) the data provided online are securely collected and stored

(c) the system can generate statements of support in a form complying with the models set out in Annex III, in order to allow for the verification by the MS.

ict aspects online collection software
ICT Aspects - Online Collection Software

Open source software to collect statements of support from signatories in all MS

Data requirements vary from one MS to another -> forms adapted to each MS

Possibility to extract data per MS in order to send the relevant statements of support to the corresponding MS authority

Compliance with relevant technical specifications from Commission Regulation No 2011/1179

ict aspects ocs functionalities
ICT Aspects - OCS: functionalities


Home page

Personal data encrypted

Support form


Initiative set-up

Admin home page

Login screen








Security administration

Further information:

Point of contact for any questions:Europe Direct