Citizens’ initiative hearings costs reimbursed for seven organisers
Thursday 26 April 2012
The travel and accommodation costs incurred by organisers of a European citizens’ initiative (ECI) invited to come to a public hearing in the European Parliament may be reimbursed for up to seven people, say deputies in the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO). This measure, adopted on 26 April, applies to organisers of ECIs that successfully reach the one million signature threshold and are published online by the Commission. The report, drafted by Zita Gurmai (S&D, Hungary), also stipulates that citizens’ initiatives that do not manage to get one million signatures are to be examined by the EP’s Committee on Petitions (PETI), in charge of deciding on an eventual follow-up. These provisions seek to change Parliament’s rules of procedure and need to be confirmed by the plenary to enter into force. The vote by the plenary is scheduled for the 21-24 May session in Strasbourg.