The European Commission yesterday registered three new citizens’ initiatives

Three new European Citizens' Initiatives have been registered these days: "Cutting Down on Corruption in Europe by Suspending Financing for Countries with Ineffective Judiciary after Expiry", "Climate Crisis Resolution" and "Save Bees and Farmers! In the direction of agriculture that is suitable for bees and for a healthy environment ”.

"Cut to the root of corruption in Europe by suspending funding for countries with ineffective judiciary after deadline"

The organizers of this initiative call on the Commission to "set a new ten-year deadline for accession to the automatic moratorium on payments from the Structural and Cohesion Funds until the monitoring mechanism for their judiciary is abolished." They state that "the current EU legal system is subject to misinterpretation. In certain circumstances, the corruption of the political elites in the recently acceded countries may be in favor of other Union countries, and the relative term "temporary" may be extended indefinitely. Setting a strict timeframe eliminates the direct and indirect motivation for corruption in EU Member States. "

Under the EU Treaty, the European Commission can take legal action with regard to financial rules relating to the EU budget. The Commission therefore considered the initiative legally permissible and decided to register it. The initiative will be registered on September 12, 2019, commencing a one-year process during which organizers will collect signatures of support.

"Addressing the climate crisis"

The organizers of the initiative call on the Commission to "step up measures to tackle the climate crisis, in line with the warming limit of 1.5 °. This also means setting more ambitious targets and more financial support for climate action. Specifically, the initiative emphasizes the need for the EU to "adjust its targets (nationally determined contribution) established under the Paris Agreement in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035 and appropriately harmonize European climate legislation. The initiative also mentions the establishment of a carbon offsetting mechanism at EU borders, free trade agreements with partner countries based on Climate Action Tracker analysis and free educational materials on the effects of climate change.

On the basis of the EU Treaty, the European Commission can take legal measures to preserve, protect and improve the quality of the environment and measures in the area of ​​the common commercial policy. The Commission therefore considered the initiative legally permissible and decided to register it. The initiative will be registered on September 23, 2019, commencing a one-year process during which organizers will collect signatures of support.

 "Let's save bees and farmers! Towards an agricultural environment that is suitable for bees and for a healthy environment ”

The organizers of this initiative call on the Commission to "propose legal acts to phase out synthetic pesticides by 2035, restore biodiversity and support farmers in this process". More specifically, the organizers want to "gradually reduce the use of synthetic pesticides in EU agriculture by 80% by 2030, starting with the most dangerous ones, and abolish them completely by 2035; restore natural ecosystems in agricultural areas to make agriculture a driver of biodiversity recovery; implement agricultural reform by favoring small, diverse and sustainable agricultural activities, supporting the rapid increase of agro-ecological and organic practices and facilitating independent training of farmers and research in the field of pesticide and GMO agriculture. "

Under the EU Treaty, the European Commission can take legal action in the field of the common agricultural policy and the internal market and measures in the veterinary and phytosanitary fields.The Commission therefore considers the initiative legally permissible and has decided to register it. which will begin a one-year process during which organizers will collect signatures of grants.

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