European Citizens' Initiative

Want to to participate directly in the development of EU policies?

Your vote counts! Get active and participate in the EU policies or support an already existing initiative.

The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) is a European Union mechanism aimed at increasing direct democracy by enabling the "EU citizens to participate directly in the development of EU policies".

The initiative enables one million citizens of the European Union, who are nationals of at least one quarter of the member states, to call directly on the European Commission to propose a legal act in an area where the Member States have conferred powers onto the EU level. This right to request the Commission to initiate a legislative proposal puts citizens on the same footing as the EP and the Council.

Further information on the official website of the European Commission.

As municipality you also have the possibility to call on the EC and the EU policicies. A lot of Climate Alliance member municipalities singned a resolution on the free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States of America. Interesting for your municipality? Learn more!

Climate Alliance member municipalites active

At this year’s Climate Alliance Annual International Conference in Dresden (23 April 2015) and in the course of the plenary session of Climate Alliance Luxembourg (28 April 2015), it was agreed that the European Secretariat of Climate Alliance would send members a draft resolution on the free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States of America.  

There are countless reasons why Climate Alliance members should be extremely sceptical about TTIP and CETA. 

Further information and draft resolutions on Climate Alliances website.

Official website of the initiative offers background information and directly asks for your support - get active!

Open initiatives

From time to time European citizens launch initiatives - have a look at the open initiatives and look at this interesting one:

Want to stop plastic in the sea?

The main objectives of the initiative STOP PLASTIC IN THE SEA: "The European Union has yet to specifically address plastic waste, although it poses numerous environmental challenges. That is why we are calling for ambitious rules to be established in this area. The idea is to promote the use of biodegradable plastics as part of a circular economy and, following the waste hierarchy, to prevent the production of plastic waste at source and encourage recycling in order to eliminate dumping at sea. Exhaustive rules at the start of the process will protect the marine environment at a later stage."