Information - 4 July 2014

en - Coalition partners for a European Citizens’ Initiative on TTIP

Dear potential partners!

The TTIP unfairhandelbar coalition ( has already succeeded in launching an intense and critical debate in Germany on the problems with the TTIP and CETA free trade agreements. In order to take the debate beyond Germany’s borders and to bring it in a formal way to the doors of the EU institutions, the coalition has decided to launch a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). The example of the “Right2Water” ECI has shown that this tool can really be politically effective. An ECI needs to collect 1 million signatures across the EU within 12 months and the signatures have to come from at least one quarter of the Member States (i.e. currently 7 states).

We would very much like Access InfoEurope to support us in the planned ECI on TTIP. We want to register and publicise the ECI in July so that we can begin collecting signatures in September.

Preparations for the ECI are currently being coordinated by Campact, Attac, BUND, Umweltinstitut München and Mehr Demokratie. As of now, 65 organisations from 12 EU Member States are supporting the ECI. In addition to Germany, the level of support in Portugal, Luxembourg, Great Britain and Finland (at the very least) is strong enough for us to be fairly confident of reaching the country quota. Our goal is to expand the coalition to include at least 100 support organisations by the time the signature collection begins, and to cover as many EU states as possible. Judging by the current state of the preparations we believe it very likely that we will achieve the required 1 million signatures.

Attached you will find a description of the campaign, including the formal wording of the ECI as it has to be presented to the Commission at registration. In addition, I am sending you a current supporter list and a checklist for possible support measures. For example, any organisation supporting the ECI should in any event distribute information through its own email mailing list and also publicise the ECI through its own website, Facebook page and Twitter.

If you have any questions about the ECI process or the planned campaign, please do not hesitate to contact me. Since we want to register the ECI in July, it would be great if you could let us know as soon as possible whether you will support this important initiative.

Yours very sincerely,

Michael Efler

— -

Mehr Demokratie e.V.
Greifswalder Str. 4
10405 Berlin
Fon: +4930 - 420 823 70
Fax: +4930 - 420 823 80