Date/Time of Meeting: 13/06/2012, 15:00-17:00
Location of Meeting: European Commission, Berlaymont (BERL S3)
ECI “Water and sanitation are a human right !”
Mr Jerry van den Berge, Policy officer EPSU
Mr Xavier Dutoit, IT consultant
ECI “EU Directive on Dairy Cow Welfare”
Ms Annamaria Pisapia
Ms Annabel Davis
Mr Florian Engel
ECI “Fraternité 2020”
Mr Luca Copetti
Mr Louis Papaemmanouil
ECI “Let me vote”
Mr Alain Brun
Ms ARISTIMUNO PEREZ Natalia (Head of Unit DIGIT B1), Chair
Mr DUSA Adrian (DIGIT)
Mr KROENER Ulrich (HR)
Mr FLACK Peter (HR-EXT)
Mr DOBRE Cristian (DIGIT)
Ms RIVE Charlotte (SG)
Ms KURPISZ Olga (SG)
Opening, presentation of the participants and adoption of draft agenda
The meeting was chaired by Natalia ARISTIMUNO PEREZ who welcomed the organisers and proposed on open and constructive discussion. The agenda was adopted.
State of play
Presentation of the state of play, from the European Commission perspective by Natalia Aristimuño Perez.
ECI organisers have then described the problems they encounter, which can be summarized in the following points:
for a group of seven citizens (and even for NGOs as several of the on-going initiatives are supported by important NGOs).
The technical specifications requires a risk assessment to be performed and this is also costly.
Once the risk assessment is done and initiative registered by EC, the organisers must have their system certified by the Member State where the system is hosted.
At this stage, most of the Member State authorities do not have yet any established practices as regards the certification procedure which make it more difficult to understand for the organisers what information they are to provide.
2. Deadline: Given this initial system setup cost and the risk of having the proposed initiative rejected, the ECI organisers cannot start setting-up the system before they have the proposed initiative registered by the Commission.
Setting-up the system and asking its certification after the registration of the proposed initiative means organisers lose at least one month time from the legal 12-month collection period, which is not acceptable for ECI organisers.
As a result, the organisers of the already registered initiatives want the Commission to extend the 12 months deadline for the collection of the statement of support, the collection period should start only after they have obtained the certification of their OCSs. This issue will most probably also concern the organisers of future initiatives.
3. Online collection software, points raised by organisers:
the software offers only the collection of statement of support, as requested by the Regulation 211/2011. Any improvements could/should be added through the development community being created around OCS.
support and documentation on the software given its open source nature and to react quicker on the forum dedicated to the software.
Except point 3.a where concrete solution is already being put in place and point 3.d for which DIGIT committed to advance in this direction, the Commission representatives announced organisers that they would
come back to them, once they have analysed the measures which can be proposed, in the best possible delays.
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