Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

ACELG Recent Developments: The Citizen’s initiative Regulation 211/2011: Towards a ‘European referendum’?

Dr. Thomas Vandamme, University of Amsterdam

07June2011 13:15 - 14:15


Dr. Thomas Vandamme, University of Amsterdam

The European Legislature has managed to adopt the rules necessary to set in place the Citizen’s Initiative as foreseen by the Lisbon Treaty (see artt. 11 (4) EU and 24 TFEU). In a new endeavour to bring ‘Europe closer to its citizens’ it will be possible to launch a citizen's initiative if this is backed by a minimum number of (natural) persons with the nationality of at least 7 Member States.

This initiative raises a number of questions, among which: what to think of the balancing act between respecting the citizen’s own responsibility and maintaining central control? How may the new device interfere with national politics in certain member states? Are the different threshold in the regulation fair or too burdensome?


Dr. Thomas Vandamme is Assistant Professor of EU Law at the University of Amsterdam and researcher with the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance.

Venue and registration

Time and date: Tuesday, 7 June 2011, 13.15 – 14.15
Venue: University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, room E 1.07

For organizational reasons, please sign up for the meeting by sending an email to Attached is the text of Regulation 211/2011.

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