What is the fate of a petition if that petition reaches 1 million signatures in Europe?
We can find the answer in the EU statute, as part of the “European Citizens’ Initiative” which was introduced with the Lisbon Treaty, and came into force in April 2012:
“For initiatives that have collected at least one million signatures, achieving the minimum number required in at least seven Member States, the EU – Commission will have three months to examine the initiative and decide how to act on it. It will meet the organizers so they can explain the issues raised in their initiative in more depth.
The organizers also want to have the opportunity to present their initiative at a public hearing organized at the European Parliament.
The Commission will then adopt a Communication explaining its conclusions on the initiative, what action it intends to take, if any, and its reasoning.
Conclusion: Within three months, the Commission will inform the organizers about its legal and political conclusions on the initiative, as well as what to do next, or not to do so, and the reasons why.
This information is made available to the public.
The “End The Cage Age” campaign had 1,5 million votes and was closed on September 11th 2019.
Since then we are waiting for an answer, and we have received no information on how to proceed.
Instead, we get a “Green Deal” in double packaging to “farm-to-fork”, where the massive overproduction of meat in industrial livestock farming with catastrophic effects on animals, humans and the climate is not addressed in the “Green Deal”.
Although the strategy commits to considering options for animal welfare labelling, there is no mention of method-of-production labelling.
Nevertheless: Reineke Hameleers, CEO of the Eurogroup for Animals, speaks of a “historical document that opens the door to a potentially better world for farm animals in the EU and other parts of the world” (!)
And he is firmly convinced that the EU’s green plans “also open up the possibility to meet the latest ECI ” End The Cage Age “, which calls for an end to the use of cages in animal husbandry systems, and to include specific animal welfare regulations for species such as cattle” .
He seems to have forgotten the 1.5 million votes, who have already decided against it.
We have not.
He does not seem to be concerned that the abolition of factory farming does not fall within the “green plans” of his employers.
We will never tire of complaining about the fraud and disrespect of the EU Commission, we cannot accept that in this way our civil right to participation is trampled on.
Obviously, The Eurogroup for Animals has understood that the “End the Cage Age” campaign will not work.
Therefore they ask for help at the end.
“The finalised strategies will now be rolled out, with the European Parliament adopting a resolution on the content later this year. At Eurogroup for Animals, our next opportunity will be to influence the European Parliament’s response to the two strategies, so our members will start to mobilise citizens in the days ahead to contact their MEPs and make their voices – and our recommendations – heard”.
No, dear people from the Eurogroup!
I will no longer sign anything, nor will I send any letters to the MEPs.
Until I get an answer about the state of the “End the Cage Age” campaign.
My best regards to all, Venus