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Report on the application of Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 on the citizens' initiative 2018

March 20, 2018

The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) is an instrument that allows one million citizens to invite the European Commission to submit a proposal for a legal act of the Union for the purpose of implementing the Treaties. It is a tool for agenda-setting and participation in the democratic life of the Union. The rules governing the European Citizens' Initiative are based on the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty and are implemented through the Regulation on the Citizens' Initiative, which has been in application since 1 April 2012. Since then, organisers of initiatives have gathered an estimated 9 million statements of support from citizens across the European Union. Article 22 of the ECI Regulation foresees that every three years, the Commission shall present a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the application of this regulation

A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy

January 16, 2018

Plastic is an important and ubiquitous material in our economy and daily lives. It has multiple functions that help tackle a number of the challenges facing our society. Light and innovative materials in cars or planes save fuel and cut CO2 emissions. High-performance insulation materials help us save on energy bills. In packaging, plastics help ensure food safety and reduce food waste. Combined with 3D printing, bio-compatible plastic materials can save human lives by enabling medical innovation.However, too often the way plastics are currently produced, used and discarded fails to capture the economic benefits of a more 'circular' approach and harms the environment. There is an urgent need to tackle the environmental problems that today cast a long shadow over the production, use and consumption of plastics. The million tonnes of plastic litter that end up in the oceans every year are one of their most visible and alarming signs of these problems, causing growing public concern.Rethinking and improving the functioning of such a complex value chain requires efforts and greater cooperation by all its key players, from plastics producers to recyclers, retailers and consumers. It also calls for innovation and a shared vision to drive investment in the right direction. The plastics industry is very important to the European economy, and increasing its sustainability can bring new opportunities for innovation, competitiveness and job creation, in line with the objectives pursued by the renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy.

Revision of the European Citizens' Regulation

December 31, 2017

Since the Lisbon Treaty, European Citizens' Initiatives empower 1 million citizens to ask the European Commission to propose new EU legislation. Our proposal to reform the existing Regulation will make it easier for citizens to set up and support initiatives by lifting burdensome requirements and using digital technologies. It will also give the possibility to younger Europeans to support an Initiative. By lowering the age limit from 18 to 16, we have invited 10 million more young Europeans to step forward and help shape the EU's policy agenda.

2017 Report on Equality Between Women and Men in the EU

June 28, 2017

The EU's continued engagement towards gender equality is taking place in a more global context of uncertainty. On the macroeconomic front, Europe is emerging from a period of recession; though output is surpassing pre-crisis levels and labour market outcomes have improved, employmentperformance is diverging among Member States. The recent increase in migratory flows has also reinforced the need for effective policies on integration of third-country nationals. On the socio-political front, Europe is facing concerns of intolerance, an increase in social inequalities and poverty. In this context, the EU perseveres in pursuit of its Treaty obligation to promote gender equality and in its medium term strategic engagement and more long-term goals and targets agreed with global partners in the framework of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.This report takes stock of progress in implementing the Strategic engagement for gender equality:✓ It provides a wide array of evidence for key trends using the indicators set out in the Strategic engagement;✓ To ensure accountability, it reviews the EU's actions and explains what the Commission and the Member States have achieved in 2016;✓ As a potential source of inspiration, it highlights good practices in Member States and innovative projects that the EU has supported.Attention is focused on short-term developments over the last 12 months, but also on medium term changes since 2010.This Annual Report also contributes to the monitoring and in-depth review of the Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality (SDG 5, see box) of the UN 2030 Agenda and of some other SDGs which include indicators with a gender perspective.

What Next For Social Digital Innovation? Realising the Potential of People and Technology to Tackle Social Challenges

May 1, 2017

This report, and accompanying guide, produced as part of the DSI4EU project, maps the projects and organisations using technology to tackle social challenges across Europe, and explores the barriers to the growth of digital social innovation.

Resource Efficient Print and Copy Management Solutions, Consip (Italy)

September 1, 2015

Consip is a public company owned by the Italian Ministry of Finance. It operates as Italy's central purchasing body, and implements the programme for the rationalisation of public spending on goods and services through the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and innovative procurement tools, such as framework contracts, e-marketplace for public administration, and a dynamic purchasing system. Italy's National Action Plan (NAP) on green public procurement (GPP) entered into force in 2008 and, since then, GPP has been one of the pillars of Consip's Rationalisation Programme. Consip's mission is to make the use of public resources more efficient and transparent, by providing tools and support to public administrations which enable them to carry out procurement procedures which foster competitive participation from enterprises. The objectives were to tender for a framework contract for print and copy management services for use by the entire Italian public sector. Consip's aim was to move away from single user printers and copiers which lead to a great deal of printing and thus higher costs. A mechanism called Click & Save (please note that this is not a brand name) was sought through the procurement, as it is a means for rewarding less printing. The framework contract also covered an optional service to manage leased office equipment (printers, photocopiers and fax machines). During the pre-procurement phase, a number of interviews were carried out with potential suppliers to discuss Energy Star requirements, design for disassembly and noise requirements.

Purchasing Copy, Printing and Scanning Services in Zurich

July 1, 2015

Zurich is the largest Swiss city with approximately 400,000 inhabitants and an annual public procurement budget of over €1.6 billion. Sustainability has been a specific target on the City's political agenda since 1998. In 2008, the City's Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) policy was introduced, and since its introduction, Zurich has successfully carried out many SPP procedures. For example, in 2009, the City conducted a successful pilot which led to the procurement of 100% organic cotton shirts for the City's police force. The ZOOM (Zurich Optimised Output Management) concept was first launched in 2008 as part of the City's IT strategy, which saw the introduction of standardised multifunctional devices in the municipal workplace. The location and specification of multifunctional devices was outlined through the ZOOM concept to maximise efficiency. Overall, the ZOOM concept estimated significant annual savings for the City. In order to deliver even greater financial and environmental savings, in 2012 the Organisation and Informatics Department (OIZ) of the City of Zurich took the ZOOM concept a step further when they decided to switch from buying (or renting) machines to procuring an optimised Output Management Service from an external provider. As part of this procurement procedure, the devices were no longer the focus but rather the services (i.e. printing, copying, scanning, etc.). The City now only pays per printed page and no longer invests in hardware. Both the ZOOM concept and this procurement were prepared by the OIZ together with the IT Conference Members, the Data Protection Officer, and the Environmental and Health Departments.

EUFORI Study: European Foundations for Research and Innovation (Synthesis Report)

July 1, 2015

This report provides a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the contributions that foundations make to support research and innovation in EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland. Over the last 25 years, the role of foundations as supporters of research and innovation in Europe has grown significantly in scope and scale. However, the landscape is fragmented and, till now, largely uncharted. Little is known about the vast majority of such foundations, their activities or even their number, and information about their real impact on research and innovation in Europe was very limited. A team of national experts in the EU 27 (and Norway and Switzerland), led by VU University Amsterdam, has therefore been commissioned by the European Commission to study foundations' contribution to research and innovation in the EU under the name EUFORI. This study helps fill this knowledge gap by analysing foundations' financial contributions, and provides useful insights into the different ways they operate. It also identifies emerging trends and the potential for exploring synergies and collaboration between foundations, research-funding agencies, businesses and research institutes.

Report on the application of Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 on the citizens' initiative

March 31, 2015

The Commission's analysis, as outlined in this report, is supported by the ongoing feedback received from stakeholders, including organisers of citizens' initiatives, directly or via the Ombudsman's own-initiative inquiry, the European Parliament's study, various publications, conferences etc. It also takes into account information and views gathered from Member States via the Commission's expert group on the citizens' initiative.

Communication From the Commission on the European Citizens' Initiative 'One of us'

May 28, 2014

The European Citizens' Initiative, introduced by the Lisbon Treaty to encourage a greater democratic involvement of citizens in European affairs, allows one million citizens of the European Union (EU), coming from at least seven Member States, to call on the European Commission to propose legislation on matters of EU competence. Complete information on this new legal instrument and on all initiatives launched to date can be found in the Official Register on the European Citizens' Initiative.

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 887/2013 replacing Annexes II and III to Regulation (EU) No 211/2011

July 11, 2013

COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) No 887/2013 of 11 July 2013 replacing Annexes II and III to Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the citizens' initiative

The European Citizens' Initiative - Guidelines and Recommendations for Practical Implementation

April 15, 2013

The present guidelines and recommendations on the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 on the citizens' initiative (hereafter: 'the Regulation') are intended as a concise reference document for the Member States' (MS) competent authorities (and have been prepared partly at their request) but will, on many points, also prove helpful for organisers. They cover various stages of the citizens' initiative procedure, in particular those related to the certification of online collection systems and the verification of statements of support. To a large extent, these guidelines and recommendations re-state, clarify or update advice that the Commission has previously provided, either in non-papers, in written correspondence, or at meetings of the ECI Expert Group. They may need to be revised over time based on the experiences of the competent MS authorities and the Commission with these procedures.