|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Content Type||Overview, Policy-making|
Information Guide concerning a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) entitled Minority Safepack, aimed at the protection of persons belonging to national and linguistic minorities.
This ECI calls for the adoption of a set of legal acts to improve the protection of persons belonging to national and linguistic minorities and strengthen cultural and linguistic diversity in the European Union (EU).
The initiative was initially submitted for registration in July 2013. It was rejected by the European Commission in September 2013 on the ground that it fell outside the powers which enabled the Commission to submit a proposal for the adoption of an EU legal act for the purpose of implementing the Treaties. Following a judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in February 2017 annulling that Decision, the Commission reassessed the initiative and accepted its registration in March 2017. This registration recognises the legal admissibility of the initiative.
The initiative managed to collect over 1.1 million valid statements of support and reached the necessary thresholds in 11 Member States. On 10 January 2020, the initiative was deemed valid by the European Commission. The Commission met the organisers on 5 February. The organisers presented their ECI and proposals at a public hearing organised at the European Parliament on 15 October. It was debated at the plenary session of the European Parliament on 14 December. The European Parliament adopted a Resolution on 17 December expressing support to the initiative. The European Commission adopted a Communication replying to this ECI on 14 January 2021.
|Subject Categories||Culture, Education and Research|
|Subject Tags||Civil Society | NGOs, Languages, Regional Dimension|
|Keywords||Ethnic Minorities, EU Citizenship, European Citizens' Initiatives [ECIs]
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|