Friday, 11 June 2010

The European Citizens' Initiative: Critical remarks in Committee of the Regions report - updated

According to a press release, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) - a consultative institution of the EU - has issued a critical opinion regarding the Commission's plans for the European Citizens' Initiative.

In the press release it is said that the CoR finds the present proposal too complicated and demands a reduction of the minimum number of countries from 1/3 to 1/4.

It is a pity that the press release doesn't link the actual report - a clear communications failure - and it was also impossible to find it via the document register of the CoR.

It is a pity because if the 1/4 rule was all the CoR was able to come up, this would have been a clear waste of time. But without the original document it is not possible to see what the Committee rapporteur Sonia Masini has produced.

So we might have to wait until 12 July when she presents her opinion to the European Parliament Committee on Constitutional Affairs (APCO)...

Update: Thanks to @Dana_Council from the Council press service, I have found the draft opinion and the amendments tabled.

Will take a more in-depth look later on.