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Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič congratulates organisers of the first European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) to start collecting signatures online
Read below the Press release from the Press and Communication service of the European Commission (Midday Express)
(4 september 2012) Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič congratulates organisers of the first European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) to start collecting signatures online
Vice-President Šefčovič has praised members of the Right2Water citizens' committee for being the first to successfully navigate the process of finding a private host provider for their online collection system, and getting it certified by the competent national authority. This means they can now collect signatures online as well as on paper in their drive to collect the necessary 1 million signatures in 12 months required by the ECI legislation. The committee is also making use of the free, open-source software provided by the Commission to do this.
The aim of the ECI, in the organisers' words, is to 'invite the European Commission to propose legislation implementing the human right to water and sanitation as recognised by the United Nations, and promoting the provision of water and sanitation as essential public services for all'. Mr Jan Willem Goudriaan, Vice-President of the citizens' committee, said: "Various technical hurdles have been overcome and we hope that other citizens initiatives can profit from our experience to ensure that the ECI is a useful tool for European citizens. We appreciated the assistance of the European Commission and the European Citizens Action Service to find the needed solutions."
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