The Initiative Role of the Commission

Usually, legislative acts in the European Union may only be adopted on the basis of a Commission proposal. Therefore, the European Citizens' Initiative's primary purpose is to call on the Commission to propose legislation on specific matters of concern within its competence. However, the absence of a legal obligation for the Commission to propose new legislation or adopt any concrete line of action leads to the question on the Commission's initiative role. This presentation analyses such initiative role of the Commission in the six answered initiatives regarding fundamental, environmental, and cultural rights: End the cage age, ban glyphosate, minority SafePack, stop vivisection, right to water, and one of us. This presentation will provide an assessment of the measures adopted by the Commission, specifically on the legislative actions proposed on the referred initiatives. To do so, it will adopt a mixed-method based on hermeneutic, institutional, and a dogmatic legal approach.