Getting Citizens’ Initiative Started
Barka UK representatives took part in the ECAS Conference on Citizens’ Initiatives: “Getting Citizens’ Initiative Started” which will take place on Thursday 17 March 2011 at the Representation of Saxony-Anhalt to the EU.
Based on article 11 (4) of the Lisbon Treaty, the right of initiative has been formally defined and adopted in February 2011, only one year after the entry into force of the Treaty. The approved regulation states that a further 12 months is necessary to set up the procedures for verifying signatures before the regulation comes into force. Therefore, 2011 is therefore likely to be a year of preparation. The aim of the event was not just to review the regulation but also to assist users and potential users to prepare for initiatives which should be open for signatures in early 2012