The European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) “One of us” has announced today that is has reached the necessary signatures to be introduced as an official petition to the European Commission. The collection of signatures will go on until October 31st.
This ECI, which requires support by at least one million EU citizens from a minimum of 7 EU member states, is an official invitation to the European Commission to introduce a legislative change to suspend EU-funding of embryonic stem cell research.
(Source: European Dignity Watch)
The initiators of the initiative announced earlier today that citizens from all 28 member states have expressed their disaccord with the highly controversial EU-funding of embryonic stem cell research by signing the petition. This success is, at the same time, a strong cross-European consensus on the need for a greater protection of the human embryo.
With this achievement, “One of us” becomes the second ECI ever to meet the requirements established by the Commission for being an official European petition.
The organizers of the initiative, while rejoicing about the large support all over Europe, promise to continue campaigning until the deadline of October 31st aiming at an even stronger message to the European Commission. “One of Us” demands the European Commission to ensure the “full protection of the human being as the first and fundamental right in the society”.
A celebration day in support of the initiative "One of us” will be held on September 22nd in all the EU countries simultaneously. According to organizers, a joint collection of signatures will be organized in all countries of the European Union.