3. How can the signatures be collected? How much time do I have?
You can collect the signatures either on paper or online. There are two different kinds of model forms that should be used when collecting "statements of support". The choice of form depends on the country where the signatures are collected.
If you want to use an online collection system, you will first need to have it certified by a competent authority of the relevant Member State. In this way, all signatories can be sure that, for example, data protection issues have been taken into account. The Member States will have to issue this certificate within one month.
The Commission will make available an open-source software for online collection systems, free of charge.
You will have one year to collect the one million signatures. The time starts running from the moment the Commission has listed your initiative on its public register.