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Thursday, 05 January 2012

The Commission extends public consultations to 12 weeks

From 1 January, the European citizens, businesses and non-governmental organisations have up to 12 weeks to comment on plans for new policies and legislation, compared to 8 weeks previously. With this extension it will be easier for the aforementioned actors to get  involved in EU policy-making at an early stage. Furthermore, an alert service for upcoming initiatives will also strengthen the role of citizens. With its policy for 'smart regulation' the European Commission (EC) aims at involving citizens and businesses in the legislative process.
"By keeping our consultations open longer we will strengthen the voice of the citizens, businesses and organisations that help us shape our policies for the benefit of all”, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC,  said.
The main aim of the extended consultation period is to increase the participation, especially from underrepresented groups to ensure that the EC takes all relevant evidence and concerns into account when drafting a legislative proposal.