One year of Experiences with the European Citizens’ Initiative

Julian Plottka, Research Associate at the Institut für Europäische Politik, presents a first assessment of the European Citizens’ Initiative in his short article, “Langer Anlauf – kurzer Sprung?,” nearly 12 months after the regis­tration of the first ECI on 1 April 2012. He warns that the new instrument will not live up to high expec­ta­tions regularly expressed, but he shows that it has the potential to strengthen EU democracy. The first year of practical experi­ences shows that there is high interest in the ECI, even though technical problems prevented many organizers to start the online collection system in due time.

The article is available in French, German and Italian.