Bravo to the One of Us Initiative, they are not letting this go! Below we print their release
On July 25th 2014, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) ONE OF US lodged an application before the General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg) against the European Commission, the Council of the EU, and the European Parliament, asking for the annulment of the Commission Communication COM (2014) 355 final by which the Commission had decided not to transmit the One of Us legislative proposal to the European Parliament and to the Council, and the annulment of Article 10 (1) (c) of Regulation (EU) No 211/2011.
On the 28th of May, the former “Barroso Commission” vetoed the Citizens’ Initiative “ONE OF US”, the largest petition in the history of European institutions. This initiative, formally supported by almost two million people in Europe, is the largest petition in European history. It demands that Brussels no longer finances any practice that destroys human life before birth.
In the application before the Tribunal, ONE OF US alleges the absence of appropriate answer to the European Initiative One Of Us’ legislative proposition and to the issues raised by the Initiative:
Obvious contradictions are not addressed:
The decision of the Communication regarding the financing of abortion in developing countries is based on the erroneous assumption that:
In the application, ONE OF US also alleges a violation of the democratic process by the Commission:
Finally, in its application, ONE OF US alleges the non-conformity of Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 to the Treaties of the European Union:
Finally, because it is meaningless to discuss any issue if there is no democracy, the main concern of this application is not primarily the substance of the ONE OF US initiative, but the way in which it has been handled by the European Commission. It is not only about the right to life, but firstly about democracy. The first purpose of the application is to ask the EU to clarify what a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is supposed to be, and how they believe it should be treated. All EU citizens, supporters and opponents of the ONE OF US initiative alike, will appreciate this clarification.
The One of Us application sets a clear alternative for the General Court of the EU: either this application will be successful, in which case the ECI will become what it was intended to be: a meaningful and practicable instrument of participatory democracy; or, it will be rejected, which would mean that the ECI is a fake mechanism of participative democracy.
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