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.
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|
* 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).