You can sign the European Initiative (EI) against TTIP and CETA using the form below. Sign here in English or choose a language from the list further below.
If you do not want to sign online or if you would like to collect signatures among your family and friends, you can download a signature sheet in your language here:
What else can you do to support Stop TTIP?
Help us spread the message about TTIP and CETA and gain support for our camaign! Here are a few ideas what you can do:
1) Are you on Facebook and Twitter? If so, use the buttons below to ask your friends to sign the European Initiative.
2) Send an email to people you know. Here is a sample email text (feel free to adjust it as you like).
3) Collect signatures in your workplace, at a local shop or on the high street. You can download a paper signature sheet in various languages here.
4) Help us inform people about the dangers of TTIP and CETA. Click here to download ’10 reasons you should be worried about TTIP’ and share it widely!
5) Help us translate this website or our newsletter into other European languages. Fill out this form if you would like to get involved.
6) Running a Europe-wide campaign is not cheap. We need funds to organise protest events, suit the European Commission, provide materials, maintain our office etc. Consider making a small donation.
Q&A Signature collection
What is the aim of the EI signature collection?
The aim still is to stop TTIP and CETA. The first year of the campaign was very successful, and we would like to build on that. We want to continue to: show politicians that there is a lot of opposition to these trade deals, to inform citizens of the European Union of the consequences both TTIP and CETA would have, and to start a public debate on the issue.
Is there a deadline for the EI signature collection effort?
As we decided to continue under the new name “European Initiative”, you can continue to collect signatures. So far no deadline for the signature collection has been set, as the political process around the trade agreements also does not have a clear end in sight. However, it still is important that you send us your full lists as soon as possible (Stop TTIP, Marienstraße 19/20, 10117 Berlin, Germany), in order for us to be able to count the signatures and communicate the total to the public. To keep up to date with our campaign and plans, we ask you to sign up to our newsletter in the box to the right.
As an EU citizen, can I still support the campaign even though I live abroad?
If you are an EU citizen, you can sign the initiative even if you are living outside of the European Union. In the “country” box you fill in the country of your nationality. You can sign online or download a signature sheet which, once you filled in the necessary information, you can then send back to us at:
If you cannot send us your list via mail, you can also fax it to us (+49 30-28482378) or you scan it and send it to us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Who can sign the EI?
Every EU citizen can sign the EI, as long as they are old enough to be eligible to vote in their country. Austrians have to be 16, citizens of other EU and EFTA countries have to be 18 years of age. Therefore, minors cannot sign the initiative. However, as we do not ask for the date of birth, we are unable to check this for each individual case.
Additionally, citizens of the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) member states Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, can now also sign the initiative.
Why did you decide to include the EFTA countries in your campaign?
The EFTA countries might not be part of the TTIP and CETA negotiations, however, their citizens will still be affected by the trade agreements. Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are part of the European Economic Area (EEA). According to the European Economic and Social Committee, changes in any of the areas covered by the EEA agreement, will also affect the three non-EU EEA members. For example: a product that can legally be sold in the EU, also can be sold in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Changes of product standards, in all areas from food to electronic equipment, will thus probably also affect the citizens of these three countries. The Joint Parliamentary Committee of the EEA also emphasises that changes which affect public services and public procurement, also have to be implemented by all members of the EEA. The investment protection rules, however, will probably not affect them.
Through bilateral trade agreements, Switzerland also has close trade relations with the EU, and Swiss law often follows that of the EU. Thus, it is possible that Switzerland will implement the new rules once the trade agreements have been ratified.
Additionally, the countries of EFTA would like to avoid being at a “disadvantage” once TTIP and CETA have come into effect. A third country clause that could allow the EFTA states to join TTIP, or a separate agreement between the EFTA states and the US, could be ways for them to avoid this “disadvantage”. Thus, even for citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland it is important to show their governments that they oppose the trade agreements.
As TTIP is currently still being negotiated, and the final CETA text is not available yet, it is difficult to assess their impact on the EFTA states. The consequences for the EFTA states also depend on the position they will take on the trade agreements.
Can I sign twice?
You can only sign the EI once. Technically it is possible to sign more than once using the different collection tools of participating organisations. However, in regular intervals we will check for duplicates. As this is a difficult technical and data protection issue, we will only be able to do this every few months. The number of signatures thus will drop whenver we have removed duplicates. Therefore, there is no point in you signing twice. However, if you have already done so you also have not caused any damage.
I already signed the (s)ECI, can I still sign the EI?
If you have already signed the (s)ECI, you cannot sign the European Iniaitive. This is because the EI is a continuation of our signature collection effort.
Why can I only sign once with my email address?
To prevent people from signing more than once, every email address can only be used once to sign the EI. Couples or families who only have one single email address can therefore only sign online once. However, it is still possible for the others to sign the initiative as well. In order to do so, you can download a signature sheet and print it. This way, those who could not sign online, can still sign the initiative on our signature sheets.
Why is nothing happening when I press “sign”?
If you click on “sign now” and nothing happens, please check whether you have filled in all the boxes. If you have filled out all the boxes and still will not be transferred to the next page, it might have something to do with your browser. Please try again using a different browser (Firefox, Opera, Safari etc.). If it still does not work, please write us an email explaining the issue and giving the browser and browser version you are using (eg. Firefox 33.1).
Why do I have to give my full address when signing the initiative?
We would like to show the politicians and institutions that the people who have signed our initiative are real people, who do not hide their support for the EI. We safely store your information and will not give it to third parties.