ECI is closed – signature gathering continues

Stop TTIP applied to carry out an official European Citizens’ Initiative in July 2014. This application was rejected by the European Commission on shaky legal grounds. We’re challenging this decision in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the case is still ongoing. We decided in early October 2014 not to wait for the ECJ but to start a self-organised ECI. We declared to follow the rules of an official ECI as closely as possible. And that’s what we did: We gathered over three million signatures and we managed to reach the country quorum in 23 member states (7 are required). We gathered these signatures during one year precisely; as prescribed by offical EU rules. That’s why the signature gathering for the self-organised ECI closed on 6 October 2015.

Nevertheless we decided to continue the gathering of signatures. TTIP and CETA are not defeated yet and a lot of our supporters demanded we continue with this action. That’s what we’ll do now. However, our signature collection is no longer a self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative and that’s why we decided to change its name. We now call it a European Initiative.

Last but not least: Many thanks to all of you who contributed to the enormous success of the self-organised ECI! Stop TTIP will continue and we promise we will do everything we can to defeat TTIP and CETA.

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The ECI result in numbers

Final result: 3,284,289

If we formed a human chain with everybody that signed the ECI, this human chain would be 4895 km long, enough for example to connect Gibraltar with the Arctic circle in the North of Finland or from Cyprus to the most Northern point on the Scottish mainland.

Number of supporting organisations at time of ECI close: 515 from 28 EU Member States

Results in the various EU Member States:

Total Country quorum* % of quorum achieved Signatures still required to reach quorum
AT (Austria) 142.971 13.500 1059,04% -129.471
BE 64.614 15.750 410,25% -48.864
BG 34.088 12.750 267,36% -21.338
CY 1.618 4.500 35,96% 2882
CZ 20.132 15.750 127,82% -4.382
DE 1.577.042 72.000 2190,34% -1.505.042
DK 21.066 9.750 216,06% -11.316
EE 2.901 4.500 64,46% 1.599
ES 90.868 40.500 224,37% -50.368
FI 37.378 9.750 383,37% -27.628
FR 360.227 55.500 649,06% -304.727
GB 501.819 54.750 916,56% -447.069
GR 44.788 15.750 284,37% -29.038
HR (Croatia) 10.373 8.250 125,73% -2.123
HU 20.821 15.750 132,20% -5.071
IE 17.055 8.250 206,72% -8.805
IT 72.238 54.750 131,94% -17.488
LT (Lithuania) 3.133 8.250 37,98% 5.177
LU 10.967 4.500 243,72% -6.467
LV (Latvia) 1.371 6.000 22,85% 4.629
MT 1.118 4.500 24,84% 3.382
NL 110.144 19.500 564,84% -90.644
PL 44.282 38.250 115,77% -6.032
PT 19.927 15.750 126,52% -4.177
RO 25.130 24.000 104,71% -1.130
SE (Sweden) 25.984 15.000 173,22% -10.984
SI (Slovenia) 11.705 6.000 195,08% -5.705
SK 10.528 9.750 107,98% -778
3.284.289

* What is a “country quorum”? For an ECI to be successful, a minimum amount of signatures (“country quorum”) has to be gathered in at least seven EU Member States. The EU defines this minimum number of signatures in the ECI rules according to the number of Members a country has in the European Parliament (which is an approximation to the size of its population).