Commission registers `Permanent European Union Citizenship’ Initiative

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Commission registers `Permanent European Union Citizenship' InitiativeThe College of Commissioners has today decided to register two European Citizens’ Initiatives.

Permanent European Union Citizenship is the first, and the Commissioners said that the intention is to guarantee that European citizenship and its associated rights cannot be lost once they have been attained.

The main objective of the proposed initiative is to guarantee that European citizenship and its associated rights cannot be lost once they have been attained.

The organisers cite in particular “the context of Brexit and the future loss of EU citizenship and rights by UK nationals.”

The Commissioners added that its decision to register the Initiative concerns only the legal admissibility of the proposal. It said that it has not analysed the substance at this stage.

The registration of this Initiative will take place on the 23rd of July, starting a one-year process of collection of signatures of support by its organisers.

The Commission explained that “should both the initiatives receive one million statements of support within one year, from at least seven different Member States, the Commission will then have to react within three months.”

It said that it can decide either to follow the request or not, and in both instances would be required to explain its reasoning.

The second initiative is -Stop starvation for 8% of the European population. The stated objectives include “to prompt governments to embrace the hunger problem” and to “emphasise the responsibility of governments to eradicate the problem.”

The organisers have set out a detailed list of actions where they call on the Commission to make legislative proposals. The registration of this initiative will take place on the 19th of July.

European Citizens’ Initiatives were introduced with the Lisbon Treaty and launched as an agenda-setting tool in the hands of citizens in April 2012, upon the entry into force of the European Citizens’ Initiative Regulation which implements the Treaty provisions.

A European Citizens’ Initiative, once formally registered, allows one million citizens from at least one quarter of EU Member States to invite the European Commission to propose a legal act in areas where the Commission has the power to do so.

The conditions for admissibility, as foreseen by the European Citizens’ Initiative Regulation, are that the proposed action does not manifestly fall outside the framework of the Commission’s powers to submit a proposal for a legal act, that it is not manifestly abusive, frivolous or vexatious and that it is not manifestly contrary to the values of the Union.

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