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The Danish EU Presidency launches the EU's Citizen Initiative in Copenhagen and Brussels

26.03.2012  13:57
When the Citizens' Initiative enters into force on 1 April 2012, the EU citizens gain a new opportunity to influence the EU agenda. This is celebrated by the Danish EU Presidency with a public debate in Copenhagen on 27 March and a press conference in Brussels on 28 March.

From 1 April, the populations of the EU countries gain the right to set the EU agenda through the Citizens' Initiative. 1 million citizens from at least seven EU member states can make the Commission propose legislation before the Council and Parliament. The EU Citizens' Initiative is part of the Lisbon Treaty and aims to strengthen the openness and democracy in the EU.

Minister for European Affairs Nicolai Wammen says:

”When 1 million citizens have spoken, it will be noticed. The media will show interest and write about it. Consequently the politicians will have to respond. It is a new opportunity to set the agenda of the EU debate”

The Citizens' Initiative is launched in Copenhagen with a public debate under the headline ‘The EU and its citizens: Opportunities and challenges of Citizens' Initiative’ on 27 March at 15.30-17 in the Europe House. The debate is organized by the Danish Foreign Ministry in cooperation with the European Parliament and European Commission offices, program below:
15.30: Welcome by the Head of Mission Mr Jan Høst Schmidt
15.35: Nicolai Wammen, Minister for European Affairs
15.50: Jens Joel (S), Jakob Ellemann-Jensen (V) and Søren Winther Lundby, New Europe
16.30: Discussion and questions from the audience
17.00: Reception hosted by the Europe House
Moderator: Rasmus Nielsen, Editor-in-Chief, Altinget

The event is open to all - register here

On 28 March the Citizens’ Initiative is launched in Brussels at a press conference at 13.30 in the European Parliament with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, the Danish Minister for European Affairs Nicolai Wammen and Vice-President of the Commission, Maroš Šefčovič.

Public debate in Copenhagen: Rina Valeur Rasmussen, Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, e-mail: [email protected] / T: +45 25 28 37 99
Press conference in Brussels: Preben Aamann, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, e-mail: [email protected] / T: +32 499 57 83 27