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Another European citizens' initiative open for online collection of signatures

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As of today, another European citizens’ initiative collects signatures online. The new initiative calls for one unique all-inclusive, monthly flat-rate communication tariff within the boundaries of the European Union. Further information on this initiative can be found here:

http://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/public/initiatives/ongoing/details/2012/000016/en

This brings the number of initiatives that are collecting their signatures online up to eight. For the collection, all of them are using the software which has been developed by the Commission with the support of the ISA programme, the European Commission’s programme to foster interoperability, sharing and re-use between European Public administrations. The software is open source and available free of charge in all 23 official languages of the EU.

A number of initiatives have faced certain difficulties identifying appropriate hosting providers on the market. The Commission is working on measures to provide a long-term solution to these teething problems encountered in the start-up phase of the European citizens' initiative. Until these are in place and functioning, and in order to ensure that organisers of the first citizens' initiatives face no insurmountable stumbling blocks, the Commission is offering to host online collection systems on its own servers.

The European citizens' initiative has been launched in January 2012, introduced as a result of the Lisbon Treaty. A European citizens' initiative is an invitation to the European Commission to propose legislation on matters where the EU has competence to legislate. It has to be backed by at least one million EU citizens, coming from at least 7 out of the 27 member states. It is a new and powerful tool for European citizens to make their voice heard.