European Citizens Initiative

One Million Signatures for the Minorities

Minority SafePack Initiative awaits the decision of the European Court of Justice.

The members of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) started preparations for a European Citizens’ Initiative. The project is the most important initiative of the minorities in Europe in recent decades. Started with much optimism and political support, the initiative is currently pending before the European Court of Justice.

A team of experts elaborated our Minority SafePack, which contains a set of measures and concrete legal acts (laws) for the promotion and protection of the European minorities and the regional and minority languages.

In a unique action of solidarity, the minorities wanted to collect one million signatures for diversity in Europe. Together we would succeed to show the decision-makers in Brussels and in the Member States of Europe that we are here, we are many, and we want to influence and be involved in decision-making.

However, in September 2013 the European Commission rejected the initiative, which was submitted by a high-profile citizens’ committee. According to the European Commission, the proposed initiative fell “manifestly outside the framework of the Commission’s powers”.

The Minority SafePack demonstrates the limits to the European Citizens’ Initiative as a new instrument of direct democracy and also the complicated competence questions in relation to minority issues.

It will be interesting to see what the judgment of the European Court of Justice will bring us. 


Key Topics

  • Political Participation
  • Fundamental Rights
  • Linguistic Diversity
  • Solidarity with the Roma
  • European Citizens' Initiative
  • European Network
  • Forum of the European Minorities / House of Minorities


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