EU Citizen initiative (ECI)
The European Citizen Initative (ECI) is a new tool of the Lisbon Treaty, and it has been officialy launched in 2012. It permits to 1 million citizen, from at least 7 different Member States to submit to the European Commission an official ask to act on a EU relevant topic.
For more details on the ECI, please consult the Official Website for Citizen Initiatives
Two ECI have been launched regarding animal welfare
- EU Directive on Dairy Cow Welfare (initiated by Annamaria PISAPIA and Julie MIDDELKOOP) - June 2012 WITHDRAWN
- Stop vivisection (initiated by André MENACHE and Gianni TAMINO) - May 2012 VALIDATED AND ANSWERED see more
There are very few ECI because managing an ECI requires a full organisational team 100% dedicated to the issue. An ECI represents a lot of work for more than a year. This is not only a collection of signature like a petition, but a real legislative proposal submitted to strict rules procedure.