ECI reform issues

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 IssueNo Regulation changeRegulation changeProvision in the RegulationTreaty changeIncluded in EP reportAdditional comments
xRegsitration & refusal
1Allow ECIs that require treaty amendments to implement
x
Preamble point 1
x
Revision of point 1 in preamble. Ongoing ECJ court cases.
2Admissibility: wider range of issues
x
Beyond the competence of COM?
3Less restrictive approach from the COM
x
Art. 4(3)
Implementation issue. Point 4 & 10 in preamble.
4Admissibility check to an independent body
x
Art. 4
x
5Registration of parts of the ECI
x
Art. 4
x
6Legal admissibility check at the end
x
Art. 4(1)
7Better explaining of reasons if an ECI is refused
x
Art. 4(3)
x
Implementation issue. Point 4 & 10 in preamble.
xSignatures collection period
8Organizational and legal support for organizers (“one-stop-shop”)
x
x
Art. 4(1)
x
New EU budget line on the ECI. Probably not enough.
9Translation support
x
x
EESC provides their services.
10Let ECI campaigns choose the start date for signature collection
x
Preamble point 17 + Art. 5(5)
x
11Lengthen period of signature collection to 18 months
x
Preamble point 17 + Art. 5(5)
12Lower age to 16
x
Preamble point 7 + Art. 3(1)(4)
x
13Simplify and harmonise data requirements
x
Art. 6 + Annex III
x
Implementation issue, see point 2 in preamble. COM has to pressure MS to introduce the change.
14Elimination of ID numbers requirements
x
Preamble point 13
15Make possible that all expatriate citizens can sign
x
Art. 3(4) + Annex III
x
Implementation issue. Point 1 & 3 in preamble.
16Provide a legal status for ECI organisers
x
x
Longterm. There is no legal framework to introduce that.
17Personal liability of organisers is not unlimited
x
Preamble point 22 + Art. 13
x
18First public hearing after 200.000 signatures in 6 months.
x
Modification of EP’s Rules of Procedure.
xOnline Collection System
19More staff support for OCS
x
20Expand the verification of OCS time from 1 month to 2 months
x
Art. 6(3)
21Allow all ECI organisers to have their OCS hosted on COM´s server
x
x
Isn’t that confirmed already?
22User-friendly OCS
x
x
x
Revision of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1179/2011
23Allow collection of email-address of supporters within the OCS
x
x
x
Revision of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1179/2011
24Make OCS better accessible for citizens with disabilities
x
x
x
Implementation issue, see point 2 in preamble. Revision of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1179/2011.
25Develop synergies with eIDAS
x
Art. 5
xSignatures verification & follow-up
26Verification of signatures by one single body
x
Preamble point 18 + Art. 6(1) + Art. 8(2)
x
Not clear if technically possible.
27No need to verify the signatures if it’s less than 1 million
x
Art. 8(1)
28Include deadline for submission of statements of support (3 months)
x
Art. 8
29Make follow-up more serious and binding (legal act on successful ECIs within 12 months after issuing a positive opinion)
x
Preamble point 20 + Art. 10(c)
x
30Proper follow-up: in case COM fails to provide a legislative proposal within this period, the competent committee of the EP will initiate a legislative-initiative report
x
Modification of EP’s Rules of Procedure.
31EP hearing on sucessful ECI organised by a neutral committee with experts
x
x
Modification of EP’s Rules of Procedure.
32ECI debated and voted on EP plenary session.
Modification of EP’s Rules of Procedure.
33National authorities should inform national parliaments on the ongoing ECI’s
x
x
xOther
34Increase media awareness
x
x
New EU budget line on the ECI
35More transparency in ECI funding
x
x
Art. 4(1) + Art. 9
x