The European Citizens’ Initative is a method of participating in Europe for the European inhabitants. There are 14 initiatives ongoing at this moment (26/5/2013) and the first to end is at the 1st of november 2013.
We are doing not to bad as an ECI on the UBI. Our website is on top of Google as a follow up on the 3 EC links and 1 wiki link when just searching for “european citzens initative“.
All the initatives have a website, but one of them is unreachable. All initatives but two have a Facebook page. Not all initatives have the number of votes available on there website, 8 out of 14 did establish to put the number of signatures on the site. The EC online collection system is not able to give good statistics for the online votes, so the initiators have to build those themselfes. Luckaly we did ok.
Some websites are not user frendly or not reachable at all, as some facebook pages are not used also. For Twitter 8 out of 14 are using that as social media.
The ECI itself is not user frendly at all. From the EC-page where the initative is posted, there is no link to the pages where the signing has to take place, this has to go via the website of the initiators. And then again in a few cases when you are on the initiators website, it is hard to find the link where the online signing can take place. Paper forms are scarecely given on websites.
So our initative for the UBI is going ok for the internet, with a complete and informative website, on top of Twitter and OK on Facebook and Google, but we still have a lot of groundwork to do. The media do not seem interested in the ECI at all, so this is not only a problem for our UBI. We can say that the UBI does not have exposure in the main stream media. It takes a lot of courage to write about such a subject, and few well known people are dearing to stand up and speak out loud about Basic Income, and if they do, it will problably take al long way to have media exposure.
The only thing we can do is talk to people on the streets, let them sign. Not only for a Basic Income, but what is more important: to let them sign for RESEARCH ON BASIC INCOME, in that way people are more inclined to sign and the most raised question “how and who is gonne pay for it” is ommitted.
It is also more in line of the ECI-UBI title “Exploring a pathway towards emancipatory welfare conditions in the EU”
And here are the results for the ECInitiatives on the 26th of may 2013
Let me vote
FR* DE IT ES EL NL EN LV PT SV LT
To strengthen the rights listed in article 20§2 TFEU by granting EU citizens residing in another Member State the right to vote in all political elections in their country of residence, on the same conditions as the nationals of that State.
http://www.letmevote.eu/nl/ ??? votes
https://www.facebook.com/letmevote 595 likes
https://twitter.com/letmevoteEU 508 followers
End Ecocide in Europe: A Citizens’ Initiative to give the Earth Rights
EN* ET DE NL FR PL LT RO EL MT PT HU ES IT LV BG SV FI SK CS
We invite the European Commission to adopt legislation to prohibit, prevent and pre-empt Ecocide, the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystems.
http://www.endecocide.eu/ 26.326 Votes
https://www.facebook.com/EndEcocideInEurope 5.993 likes
https://twitter.com/EndEcocideEU 612 followers
Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) – Exploring a pathway towards emancipatory welfare conditions in the EU
EN* DE HU FR BG SV IT PT SL DA NL FI ES CS RO SK
Asking the Commission, to encourage cooperation between the Member States (according to Art 156 TFEU) aiming to explore the Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) as a tool to improve their respective social security systems.
http://basicincome2013.eu/ 41674 Votes
http://facebook.com/ECI.basicincome 6372 likes
https://twitter.com/basicincomeeu 1653 followers
Single Communication Tariff Act
EN* BG CS DA NL ET FI FR DE HU GA IT LV LT PL RO SK SL ES SV MT PT EL
One unique all-inclusive, monthly flat-rate communication tariff within the boundaries of the European Union.
http://www.onesingletariff.com/ ??? Votes
https://www.facebook.com/OneSingleTariff 861 likes
https://twitter.com/onesingletariff 614 followers
30 km/h – making the streets liveable!
EN* DE ES FI FR IT NL SV SL PL EL CS HU ET
We suggest a 30km/h (20mph) EU-wide default speed limit for urban/residential areas. Local authorities may set other speed limits if they can show how environmental and safety needs of the most vulnerable road users are met.
http://30kmh.eu 24080 Votes
https://www.facebook.com/30kph.eu 123 likes
No Twitter found
European Initiative for Media Pluralism
EN* FR IT RO NL HU ES BG DE
Protecting media pluralism through partial harmonisation of national rules on media ownership and transparency, conflicts of interest with political office and independence of media supervisory bodies
http://www.mediainitiative.eu/nl/ 9140 Votes
https://www.facebook.com/ECImedia 4061 likes
No Twitter found (how about that for pluralism)
Central public online collection platform for the European Citizen Initiative
We want to enable all European Citizens to participate in the European politics. Therefore we have to provide a low barrier tool which works instantly and without technical expertise.
SIGN: not available
http://www.openpetition.eu error 404
No Facebook found
No Twitter found
Suspension of the EU Climate & Energy Package.
EN* CS PL HU ET IT DE DA LV BG ES FI FR LT NL PT SK SL RO EL MT
Suspend the 2009 EU Climate & Energy Package (excluding energy efficiency clauses) and further climate regulations until a climate agreement is signed by major CO2 emitters – China, USA, and India.
http://www.affordable-energy.eu/ ??? votes
http://www.affordable-energy.eu/sample-page/ 0 likes
No Twitter found
Pour une gestion responsable des déchets, contre les incinérateurs
Proposer à la Commission européenne des principes cadres pour garantir une gestion et un traitement responsable des déchets par tous les États membres de l’Union Européenne.
SIGN: http://ice.id.st/sign-and-act-against-incinerators-signer-et-agir-contre-les-incinerate-c765021 signing only on paper
http://ice.id.st/ Bad site – not even an own domain name
No Facebook found
No Twitter found
High Quality European Education for All
EN* FR IT PL ES DE HU GA EL ET SV RO LT PT NL BG DA MT FI SL LV CS SK
Europe’s future depends on Education, how to educate citizens, how they learn. Common education goals reflecting EU basic values should be at the heart of a solution to today’s challenges
http://www.euroedtrust.eu/ ??? votes
https://www.facebook.com/MEETECI 5.744 likes
No Twitter found
EN* IT FR DE ES PT NL PL DA ET FI GA LV LT SK SL SV BG RO EL HU MT CS
Proposing an European legislative framework aimed at phasing out animal experiments
http://www.stopvivisection.eu/ 255.181 votes
https://www.facebook.com/StopVivisection? 39,767 likes
https://twitter.com/SVivisection 1077 followers
One of us
IT* EN FR DE ES RO PT LT HU SL PL EL DA LV CS SK FI SV ET NL BG MT
Juridical protection of the dignity, the right to life and of the integrity of every human being from conception in the areas of EU competence in which such protection is of particular importance
http://www.oneofus.eu/ 452818 votes
https://www.facebook.com/oneofuseurope 5128 likes
https://twitter.com/oneofuseu 382 followers
Water and sanitation are a human right! Water is a public good, not a commodity!
EN* NL FR DE ES IT SV RO CS BG DA EL ET FI GA HU LT LV MT PL PT SK SL
We invite the European Commission to propose legislation implementing the human right to water and sanitation as recognised by the United Nations, and promoting the provision of water and sanitation as essential public services for all
http://www.right2water.eu/ 1432846 votes (more than the required million!)
https://www.facebook.com/right2water 434 likes
https://twitter.com/right2water 1478 followers
Fraternité 2020 – Mobility. Progress. Europe.
EN* FR DE CS IT BG DA ES LT HU NL PL PT RO SK SL FI SV MT EL GA ET LV
F2020 wants to enhance EU exchange programmes – like Erasmus or the European Voluntary Service (EVS) – in order to contribute to a united Europe based on solidarity among citizens.
http://fraternite2020.eu/ 63,823 votes
https://www.facebook.com/Fraternite2020 12.493 likes
https://twitter.com/fraternite_2020 1085 followers