Sun Jan 17th, 2010 at 05:22:02 AM EST
Are we going to write a submission?
As a refresher, Colman wrote a story on the consultation, which runs until the end of January:
[The Lisbon Treaty] provides that "not less than one million citizens who are nationals of a significant number of Member States may take the initiative of inviting the Commission, within the framework of its powers, to submit any appropriate proposal on matters where citizens consider that a legal act of the Union is required for the purpose of implementing the Treaties"
The details of implementation are to be determined by a regulation to be proposed by the Commission and adopted by Parliament and the Council.
The green paper of the Commission specifies 10 issues for consultation:
- Minimum number of Member States from which citizens must come
- Minimum number of signatures per Member State
- Eligibility to support a citizens' initiative - minimum age
- Form and wording of a citizens' initiative
- Requirements for the collection, verification and authentication of signatures
- Time limit for the collection of signatures
- Registration of proposed initiatives
- Requirements for organisers - Transparency and funding
- Examination of citizens' initiatives by the Commission
- Initiatives on the same issue
This list provides a fairly comprehensive coverage of the issues, but one criticism I have is that it does not go very deeply into the obligations of the Commission itself. For instance, should Commissioners be allowed to comment upon a petition prior to the Commissioners receiving it? I think they shouldn't be. Should there be legal redress if a submitted petition is deemed inadmissible? I think there should be. But these issues are not addressed. So there would be a need to more fully address the obligations of the Commission than has been reflected in the green paper.
The questions the Commission asks in the consultation are organised below as topics, please click on "Reply to this" to respond by topic