To be able to sign up to a European citizens' initiative you need to be an EU citizen (national of a member state) old enough to vote* in European Parliament elections (18 except in Austria, where the voting age is 16).
In order to do so, you have to fill in a specific statement of support form provided by the organisers of the initiative, on paper or online (if the organisers have provided a website for that purpose). See the sections below for more information on how to do so.
Before signing up, check that the form includes all the required information regarding the initiative (the title, description and objectives) as well as the Commission registration number for that initiative. If you wish, you can check that the initiative has been registered on this website (organisers are required to register their initiative before starting to collect statements of support).
The data you are required to provide in your statement of support form depend on the member state which you come from. This is due to the fact that national authorities are responsible for verifying the validity of signatories' statements of support and for certifying the number of valid statements collected in each country (organisers of initiatives are required to collect a certain number of signatures in at least 7 EU member states). The required data therefore correspond to what the member states consider necessary to verify a statement of support.
If you live in a member state but you are a national of another member state or if you hold the nationality of several member states, you will need to choose the country for which your statement of support will be counted. You should select the country which will be able to verify the data you provide in your statement of support: depending on the case, this could be the country that issued the personal identification (document) number that you provide, your country of residence or your country (or one of your countries) of nationality.
In any case, you are allowed to sign up to a given initiative only once.
The requirements for each country can be found here.
Depending on the data required by these member states, you may have the possibility to choose between these member states, bearing in mind that you can sign up only once for a given initiative. The data which you provide in your statement of support (e.g. passport number or residence card number) will determine in which member state your statement of support will be counted.
An Austrian living in Estonia can either:
This depends on the member state of which you are a national.
Depending on the requirements asked by this member state, you may or may not be able to sign up. This is due to the fact that some member states are not able to verify statements of support from their nationals living outside the EU.
If you have the possibility to sign up, your statement of support will be counted in your member state of nationality.
Once the organisers of the citizens' initiative have collected the required number of statements of support (one million overall and the required minimum numbers in at least 7 member states), they will submit them to the competent authorities in each country where they have collected in order for them to be verified. Once the authorities have verified them they will issue a certificate to the organisers stating the valid number of statements of support collected. Verification by the national authorities will involve checking that the data that you have provided are correct.
Both the organisers of an initiative and the national authorities are required to protect your data throughout the procedure and cannot use your data for any other purpose.
For more information on how your data will be protected, click here.