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News Flash - 28 July 2016

The REFIT Platform Supports ECAS' Call to Make the ECI 'Fit for Purpose'

REFIT Recommendation to Improve the ECI Published Today

As a member of the Stakeholders’ Group of the REFIT Platform, ECAS submitted an evidence-based opinion calling for a a revision of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) Regulation. This opinion, which has been made public today, was endorsed by the other members of the REFIT Platform and it was presented to the Commission's Vice-President Timmermans on 28 June 2016. The Commission has promised to inform about its follow-up actions by the end of September 2016. If retained, ECAS’ proposal should feature in the Commission’s work programme for 2017. 

Read more about ECAS' campaign here
Access the REFIT Platform recommendation on the ECI Revision here 

What is the REFIT Platform?

The REFIT Platform was set up by the European Commission in 2015, as part of its Better Regulation agenda, to improve and simplify EU legislation. It brings together in two groups experts from business, civil society, social partners, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and Member States and it is chaired by the Commission’s first Vice-President Timmermans. 

Find out more about the work of this Platform and how you can contribute to its work in this video

'More than 41% of EU citizens want to be involved with the EU decision-making process directly. The more direct channels we have not only to listen to these citizens but also to engage with them, the better we will understand what exactly they imagine the European project should be'

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