European Citizens’ Initiatives for the Protection of National Minorities Cover Image

Európai polgári kezdeményezések a nemzeti kisebbségek védelmében
European Citizens’ Initiatives for the Protection of National Minorities

Author(s): Péter Varga, Balázs Tárnok
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, Social Sciences, Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, International Law, Sociology, International relations/trade, Inter-Ethnic Relations, Ethnic Minorities Studies, EU-Legislation
Published by: Nemzetpolitikai Kutatóintézet
Keywords: European Citizens’ Initiative;protection of national minorities;international law;EU – law;

Summary/Abstract: The European Citizens’ Initiative, which has been in operation since April 2012, is a new instrument of the European participatory democracy, inspired by the constitutional development of member states and incorporated into EU Law by the Lisbon Treaty. Citizens’ committees established by members of national minority organisations have attempted to make use of the opportunities provided by this new instrument. This paper analyses the two initiatives that national minorities launched so far and their legal fates, with special emphasis on the impact they had on the evolution of the ECJ’s case law.

  • Issue Year: 2/2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 91-108
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Hungarian