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What is a European citizens' initiative?

A European citizens' initiative is an invitation to the European Commission to propose legislation on matters where the EU has competence to legislate. A citizens' initiative has to be backed by at least one million EU citizens, coming from at least 7 out of the 28 member states. A minimum number of signatories is required in each of those 7 member states.

The rules and procedures governing the citizens' initiative are set out in the REGULATION (EU) No 211/2011 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 16 February 2011 and in the COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) No 887/2013 of 11 July 2013.

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