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European citizens' initiative becomes a reality

02.04.12 @ 09:10

  1. By Méabh Mc Mahon

(Photo: EUobserver)

On 1 April a new participative democracy tool came into effect in the European Union. The European Citizen's Initiative is being hailed as a potential breakthrough moment for relations between the Union and citizens. Yet few know about it outside Brussels while inside the EU capital there are some doubts about the political commitment of the European Commission to making it work.