7 Times the European Citizens’ Initiative gave Europeans a real say — with students & young people taking the lead

800 citizen organisers. 16 million signatures and counting!

Did you know any group of seven EU citizens from as many EU countries can organise/initiate a call on the European Commission to take action in any field where it can act? Since 2012, over 800 people have used the power of the European Citizens’ Initiative to spark debate, raise awareness and trigger policy change.

1. Student activists whose initiative made it to the EU Green Deal!

The story of Tassos Papachristou and other student activists shows direct impact: an idea dreamt up by 7 students ended up in the ‘Fit for 55’ legislative package, a major pillar of the European Green Deal. Their initiative — “Ending the Aviation Fuel Tax Exemption in Europe” (aka Fairosene) — collected only 75,000 signatures but their policy proposal had a real impact. The activists also made a presentation to the European Parliament Committee on Petitions (PETI) and met Commission President von der Leyen.

Tassos Papachristou and Timothée Galvaire, student activists behind the Fairosene initiative whose ideas made it to the European Green Deal with President von der Leyen.

2. People4Soil

The “People4Soil” initiative received support from over 500 organisations and collected over 220,000 signatures. This initiative was recognised by a Commission document related to the renewed EU soil policy framework — which names the “People4Soil” initiative. (Info)

3. Roam like at home

We are currently not paying additional roaming charges across the EU. The organisers of the “Single Communication Tariff Act” initiative — one of the first initiatives registered in 2012 — say their actions helped make this happen. (Info)

4. First citizens’ initiative to reach a million!

5. Reforming pesticide use: Stop glyphosate

Ban glyphosate and protect people and the environment from toxic pesticides: This initiative called on EU countries to ban glyphosate, reform the pesticide approval procedure and set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use. After reaching more that 1 million signatures, the Commission response included revising the General Food Law Regulation, increasing the transparency of EU risk assessment in the food chain. The ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy also includes ambitious targets to reduce the use of pesticides, and risks from them, by 50% by 2030. (Info)

6. A million signatures for diversity in Europe

András Nagy, among the organisers of the Minority SafePack initiative, speaking at the European Parliament.

7. End the Cage Age

Are you ready to take the initiative?

The European Citizens’ Initiative tool is user-friendly and available for you. Take inspiration from the stories above. And take the Initiative!

Learn more about the ECI:

Curious to learn more about your rights and the European Citizens’ Initiative? Watch the recording of this explanatory webinar to learn more and check out the links below:



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