(Sir Europe – Strasbourg) – The collection of signatures for "One of Us", the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) for the protection of life, is entering its final stage. Every ECI needs one million signatures from at least seven countries so that a legislative proposal can be submitted to the Commission. About 700,000 signatures have been collected so far (on paper or online at www.oneofus.eu). "In the next few months, we have planned a series of initiatives to increase the number of signatures", promoters explain at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The highlights of the campaign to gather signatures for One of Us – between August and October – include a Meeting in Rimini, the Social Week in Turin, the family pilgrimage to Rome. And then there is the new initiative announced today, the Click-day on 22 September. "On that day – the Italian spokesperson Maria Grazia Colombo explains – we will ask movements and associations to join an extraordinary mobilisation: they will have to go to proper websites and sign One of Us". In this way the number of signatures is expected to rise significantly, "well beyond" the one million signatures required. The minimum number of signatures required for each country is equal to the number of national MEPs multiplied by 700: up to now, Austria, Spain, Italy, Poland, the Netherland, Slovakia and Hungary have all reached their quorum while France and Lithuania are very close to it. ” “” “” “

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