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Londoners can start to set EU agenda

March 30, 2012 2:15 PM

London Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford has welcomed the launch of a new initiative that will give London residents a greater say in what proposals are brought to the European Commission for EU action.

The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) comes into force on Sunday, and allows campaigners who collect at least a million signatures across a minimum of seven EU countries to bring proposals demanding a response by Brussels.

Sarah Ludford commented:

"Getting a million signatures from seven different EU countries will be no easy feat, on the face of it. But thanks to the internet and social networking, it's not as difficult as it seems: think how many signatures have been collected for petitions to no 10. It will also perhaps be easier for Londoners wanting to raise burning issues, given how international our city is with lots of cross-Europe links. "

"This is a great way for people to get involved with what's happening on the European stage, whether seeking reform of European Union policies, highlighting major issues affecting residents across the 27 Member States, or pushing for action the EU can take on the world stage."

Notes to Editors

1. Guide to the European Citizens' Initiative: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/secretariat_general/citizens_initiative/docs/guide_eci_en.pdf

2.In order to start a European Citizens' Initiative a committee of at least seven people from seven EU countries must be registered on the European Citizen Initiative website. The proposal must be a policy area that is an EU competence and must not be 'manifestly contrary' to core EU values. Once a proposal has been given the green light, organisers will have one year to collect a million signatures from seven different countries.