The European Commission is registering a citizens' initiative to help protect those of national and linguistic minorities.
The initiative, called the Minority Safepack, was initially proposed back in 2013. Now that the initiative is registered, citizens have one year to collect at least 1 million signatures of support from at least seven European Union member states. If enough signatures are collected, the commission will have three months to react to the proposal and can choose to follow or deny the requests within it.
Registration of the initiative simply means that the paperwork and the requests within it are all legally viable; it does not imply approval or support for it by the commission.
The initiative is requesting nine "legal acts" to take place if the initiative is successful, according to a press release on the commission's website. The full Safepack text is available online, and other information about the initiative can be found at its website, Minority-safepack.eu.
European Commission registers 'Minority Safepack' initiative
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