Parliamentary questions
23 May 2017
O-000043/2017
Question for oral answer
to the Commission
Rule 128
Barbara Spinelli, Pascal Durand, Claude Rolin, Kostas Chrysogonos, Marc Tarabella, Pascal Arimont, Martina Anderson, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Gabriele Zimmer, Helmut Scholz, Josep-Maria Terricabras, Philippe Lamberts, Jiří Maštálka, José Bové, Lola Sánchez Caldentey, Hugues Bayet, Emmanuel Maurel, Marina Albiol Guzmán, Maria Arena, Lynn Boylan, Stefan Eck, Sabine Lösing, Fabio De Masi, Eleonora Forenza, Tania González Peñas, Matt Carthy, Rina Ronja Kari, Patrick Le Hyaric, Marie-Christine Vergiat, Paloma López Bermejo, Michèle Rivasi, Max Andersson, Florent Marcellesi, Yannick Jadot, Eva Joly, Karima Delli, Sven Giegold, Ernest Urtasun, Liadh Ní Riada, Malin Björk, Anja Hazekamp, Neoklis Sylikiotis, Kateřina Konečná, Xabier Benito Ziluaga, Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Josu Juaristi Abaunz, Maria Lidia Senra Rodríguez, Stelios Kouloglou, Estefanía Torres Martínez, Merja Kyllönen, Miguel Viegas, João Ferreira, João Pimenta Lopes, Anne-Marie Mineur, Dennis de Jong, Cornelia Ernst, Sofia Sakorafa, Marisa Matias, Javier Couso Permuy, Tiziana Beghin, Rosa D'Amato, David Borrelli, Isabella Adinolfi, Marco Valli, Laura Agea, Eleonora Evi, Dario Tamburrano, Marco Zullo, Daniela Aiuto, Ignazio Corrao, Laura Ferrara, Martina Michels, Miguel Urbán Crespo, Nikolaos Chountis, Kostadinka Kuneva, Curzio Maltese, Luke Ming Flanagan, Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Ángela Vallina

 Subject: Ruling by the General Court of the European Union on the Commission's decision of 10 September 2014 to refuse to register the European Citizens' Initiative 'STOP TTIP'

On 10 November 2014, Michael Efler and others brought an action against the Commission to the General Court of the European Union, requesting that the Commission’s refusal to register the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) ‘STOP TTIP’ — C (2014)6501 be annulled. Mr Efler and others had initially filed a request to register the initiative in July 2014, and had collected more than 3.5 million signatures in support of it.

The ECI in question recommended that the Council repeal the Commission’s negotiating mandate for TTIP and, ultimately, refrain from concluding CETA. With its ruling, the General Court rejected the Commission’s position that the decision to withdraw its authorisation to open negotiations with a view to concluding TTIP could not be the subject of an ECI.

1. In view of the ongoing judicial action on its decision to refuse the registration of the ECI, did the Commission take any steps to ensure that the complainants’ rights would not be neglected in the event that the General Court ruled in their favour?

2. What action will the Commission take to ensure that the ECI in question is taken into account in relation to TTIP and other similar trade agreements?

3. What conclusions does the Commission draw from the General Court’s ruling with regard to the revision of the ECI Regulation?

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