Let’s reform the e-petition system of our European Parliament!

Let’s reform the e-petition system of our European Parliament!

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We seek a reform of the e-petition system of our European Parliament, so that EU Member State citizens may raise awareness of their concerns and request solutions in a more impactful way.

   Join some other 34 Europeans supporting this cause.

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We, Europeans can be proud, as we are global pioneers in the field of e-democracy: e-petition systems are a Scottish invention. Since their adoption by the Scottish Parliament in 1999, parliamentary e-petition systems have been adopted by the German Bundestag, the UK House of Commons and our European Parliament.

Guaranteed as a fundamental right of EU Member State citizens through Article 227 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the European Parliament’s e-petition system allows us to raise awareness of our concerns and request solutions to our challenges that are of public or private interest. It allows us to directly make an impact on our deliberative democratic processes, and to engage in agenda-setting as citizens.

However, a lot has changed since its introduction, and as such the current system is outdated and in need of reform. Taking a positive approach, let us apply 21st century advancements in civic technology therefore, and constructively improve the e-petition system of our European Parliament! In order to ensure that EU Member State citizens may raise awareness of their concerns and request solutions in a more impactful way, we recommend three concrete reforms, building on best practice examples:

1. A response threshold should be introduced

In the UK House of Commons, a petition which reaches 10,000 signatures secures a response from the UK government. If 100,000 signatures are collected, the petition must be considered for a debate in the House of Commons. We recommend that the e-petition system of our European Parliament should contain two similar thresholds. First, a smaller one for a response from our European Commission to an e-petition. Secondly, a larger one for an e-petition to be considered for debate in the European Parliament.

2. Petitioners should be invited to European Parliament Committee and Plenary Hearings

In the Scottish Parliament, the proposer of an e-petition which secures a significant amount of support may be invited to appear before the Public Petitions Committee to speak in support of one’s e-petition, and to answer questions which Members of the Scottish Parliament might have. The same process occurs in the Committee on Petitions of our European Parliament. In order to better recognize and ensure greater exposure for civic initiatives, our European Parliament should also allow for the invitation of representatives of a popular e-petition to Committee and Plenary hearings in our European Parliament.

3. A debating forum on e-petitions should be created

In the German Bundestag, citizens may debate parliamentary e-petitions, submitted by fellow citizens. In order to ensure that e-petitions are discussed and debated in an open, transparent and public manner, we recommend that our European Parliament provide a debating feature on our e-petition platform. This would ensure that EU Member State citizens sign an e-petition following a civic discussion, which would allow for the merits and demerits of a proposal to be rationally considered before offering support, thus improving the quality of deliberative democracy throughout our European Union.

In order to ensure that our reform proposals are institutionally taken up, we are launching a European Parliament e-petition. To be successful, we need the support of each and every EU citizen who agrees with us. With your support, together we can make the system more responsive, incentivising and impactful, and thus open up more impactful opportunities to drive real change in our European Union. Let’s reform together the e-petition system of our European Parliament!

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Let’s reform the e-petition system of our European Parliament!

  Launched by Talos.

We seek a reform of the e-petition system of our European Parliament, so that EU Member State citizens may raise awareness of their concerns and request solutions in a more impactful way.

   Join some other 34 Europeans supporting this cause.

   Why should You support this cause?

We, Europeans can be proud, as we are global pioneers in the field of e-democracy: e-petition systems are a Scottish invention. Since their adoption by the Scottish Parliament in 1999, parliamentary e-petition systems have been adopted by the German Bundestag, the UK House of Commons and our European Parliament.

Guaranteed as a fundamental right of EU Member State citizens through Article 227 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the European Parliament’s e-petition system allows us to raise awareness of our concerns and request solutions to our challenges that are of public or private interest. It allows us to directly make an impact on our deliberative democratic processes, and to engage in agenda-setting as citizens.

However, a lot has changed since its introduction, and as such the current system is outdated and in need of reform. Taking a positive approach, let us apply 21st century advancements in civic technology therefore, and constructively improve the e-petition system of our European Parliament! In order to ensure that EU Member State citizens may raise awareness of their concerns and request solutions in a more impactful way, we recommend three concrete reforms, building on best practice examples:

1. A response threshold should be introduced

In the UK House of Commons, a petition which reaches 10,000 signatures secures a response from the UK government. If 100,000 signatures are collected, the petition must be considered for a debate in the House of Commons. We recommend that the e-petition system of our European Parliament should contain two similar thresholds. First, a smaller one for a response from our European Commission to an e-petition. Secondly, a larger one for an e-petition to be considered for debate in the European Parliament.

2. Petitioners should be invited to European Parliament Committee and Plenary Hearings

In the Scottish Parliament, the proposer of an e-petition which secures a significant amount of support may be invited to appear before the Public Petitions Committee to speak in support of one’s e-petition, and to answer questions which Members of the Scottish Parliament might have. The same process occurs in the Committee on Petitions of our European Parliament. In order to better recognize and ensure greater exposure for civic initiatives, our European Parliament should also allow for the invitation of representatives of a popular e-petition to Committee and Plenary hearings in our European Parliament.

3. A debating forum on e-petitions should be created

In the German Bundestag, citizens may debate parliamentary e-petitions, submitted by fellow citizens. In order to ensure that e-petitions are discussed and debated in an open, transparent and public manner, we recommend that our European Parliament provide a debating feature on our e-petition platform. This would ensure that EU Member State citizens sign an e-petition following a civic discussion, which would allow for the merits and demerits of a proposal to be rationally considered before offering support, thus improving the quality of deliberative democracy throughout our European Union.

In order to ensure that our reform proposals are institutionally taken up, we are launching a European Parliament e-petition. To be successful, we need the support of each and every EU citizen who agrees with us. With your support, together we can make the system more responsive, incentivising and impactful, and thus open up more impactful opportunities to drive real change in our European Union. Let’s reform together the e-petition system of our European Parliament!

Not sure how supporting a cause on Talos will have an impact?

Have a look at our quick guidelines to understand how we enable to drive real change in Europe.

Whether you support a cause or launch your own, Talos offers you the chance to be a more impactful citizen!

 This is where our supporters come from
  These organisations support the cause
  What are your thoughts on this Cause? Debate and discuss it!

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