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1 April saw the official launch of the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI). Commission Vice-President šefčovič said: ’I am delighted that after all the hard work and long wait, Europeans will finally be able to launch Citizens' Initiatives by requesting their registration on the Commission's website.’ He went on to describe the ECI as ’an unprecedented expansion in participatory democracy. It is a powerful agenda-setting tool in the hands of citizens. I hope it will also encourage the development of a genuine European 'demos', as citizens come together across borders to debate issues that are important to all of them.’

Press Releases IP/12/336, MEMO/12/235

(Added 2012-04-02)