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De Brún welcomes Citizens' Initiative

15 December, 2010 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Bairbre de Brún MEP has welcomed the new procedure for communities, organisations and individuals to put forward their issues on the EU level saying that "the citizens' initiative is a useful addition to the existing range of options which people have when trying to get the EU to deal with their issues or address their concerns"

Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg Ms de Brún said:

"The citizens' initiative is a useful addition to the existing range of options which people have when trying to get the EU to deal with their issues or address their concerns

"However, I am disappointed that some aspects of this proposal will still exclude people who ought to be able to participate. Participation is only open to those of voting age and holding EU citizenship.

"This sends a signal to non-EU citizens that the EU is not their concern and does not want their involvement or input.

"Similarly young people will not be encouraged to involve themselves in issues concerning the policy of the EU.

"The political concept of a "citizens Europe", which inspires the European Citizens' Initiative was never intended to be exclusive, nor to discourage non-EU citizens from engaging with the EU." ENDS

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