European Commission registers citizens’ initiative “Mum, Dad & Kids”

LOGO horizontalFrom a press release published today  by the European Commission:

Commission discusses registration of two new European Citizens’ Initiatives

The College of Commissioners today agreed on the registration of two new European Citizens’ Initiatives (ECI) as it considered that both initiatives fall within the conditions set out in the ECI Regulation – which requires 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. At this stage, the College has only discussed the legal admissibility of the ECIs, not their substance. The first ECI, ‘Mum, Dad & Kids’, calls for a horizontally applicable EU Regulation that defines the meaning of marriage, for the purpose of the application of EU legislation. It will be officially registered by 15 December 2015. The second ECI, ‘European Asylum Initiative’, calls for a reform of the European Asylum system including a permanent, transparent and fair scheme allocating asylum seekers among Member States, increased resettlement quotas, allowing asylum seekers to apply from outside the EU, and strengthening of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). It will be officially registered by 4 January 2016. From the date of registration, the organisers have 12 months to seek statements of support from citizens for their ECIs. If – and only if – an ECI reaches one million statements of support from citizens from at least 7 Member States within one year, it will be referred to the College for a discussion on substance. In this case, the Commission can then decide either to follow the request or not follow the request and in both instances would be required to explain its reasoning. Today’s decisions bring the total number of ECIs submitted to the Commission to 57, of which 37 have met the legal criteria for registration. For more information on ECIs, you can consult the ECI website. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tim McPhie – Tel.: +32 229 58602)