It has been announced that on 14 March the General Court of the EU will hear the case of “One of Us v. the European Commission”, which the pro-life European Citizens’ Initiative “One of Us” has brought against the European Commission in view of the Commission’s failure to provide an adequate response to the 2 million citizens who have requested that legislation be proposed and enacted to prevent EU taxpayers’ money to be spent on the murdering of children befor birth.
“One of Us”, which through its name evokes the solidarity of the strong with the weak, is the most successful of all European Citizens’ Initiatives so far. This nonwithstanding, the European Commission has turned the petition down in an appallingly arrogant manner, thus effectively preventing the EU’s legislative institutions, the European Parliament and the Council, from having a say on the matter. In this way, the EU bureaucracy has demonstrated its determination to act as a gatekeeper of the political process that allows only its own proposals to be discussed and adopted, while those stemming from citizens are being shut out.
The lawsuit is of great importance for the EU as a political body, by far transcending the (already important) issue of the adequate protection to be granted to the human right to life, which was at the heart of the initiative.
If “One of Us” wins, this would become a decisive step towards a democratization of the EU. If the Commission wins, the institution of the “European Citizens’ Initiative”, which was introduced by the Lisbon Treaty 2009, would be dead and buried: it would not be clear any more why anyone should make the considerable effort of organizing such an initiative if, even in case of success (i.e. having collected more than 1 million signatures) it can arbitrarily be turned down by a collective of unelected and anonymous bureaucrats on the basis of preposterous, indeed palpably false, assertions.
The case is thus a litmus test on the EU’s claim of being “democratic”.
The court hearing is public. Further information will be published in due course.