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Ombudsman calls on Commission to make European Citizens’ Initiative politically relevant

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img_3227_emily_oreillyEuropean Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has made proposals to strengthen the role that European Citizens’ Initiatives (ECIs) play in democratic political debates at the European level. The Ombudsman calls for better guidance for ECI organisers, a stronger involvement of the European Parliament and the Council and increased pressure on the Member States to make sure that all EU citizens can sign an ECI, regardless of where they reside. In her words, “more can be done to ensure that ECI organisers feel that their efforts to mobilise one million signatures are worthwhile and that political debate at the European level takes account of their initiatives, even if specific initiatives do not lead to new EU legislation.”

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