Staff Note: EU citizens can propose legislation if they show backing from at least one million EU citizens, coming from at least 7 out of the 28 member states. There is also a minimum number of signatories per member state required. Right2Water collected nearly 1.7 million to put ending water privatization on the agenda.
The first ever successful European Citizens Initiative (ECI) will meet on Monday EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič and the European Commission services to discuss with the Commission its response to the demands of the ECI.
The ECI Right2Water has submitted 1.66 million valid statements to the Commission. The representatives of the citizens committee are invited to the European Commission on Monday morning. The European Parliament has a public hearing with the ECI representatives in the afternoon, jointly organised by the 4 committees of the Parliament involved.
The President of the Environment Committee (ENVI) Mathias Groote will chair the event with representatives of the Petitions Committee, the Internal Market Committee and the Development Committee. Over 30 Members of the European Parliament will be able to ask questions and we expect many more to attend.
The organisers and the President of the ENVI Committee will host a press conference on Monday at 14h00 at the Raoul Wellenberg room at the European Parliament (ASP 5G2) with the President of the Citizens Committee Anne-Marie Perret and Maroš Šefčovič, EU Commissioner.
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