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EU Registers Initiative That Calls for Connecting EU Capitals With High-Speed Trains

The Commission of the European Union has announced that it has decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative named “Connecting all European Capitals and citizens through a network of high-speed trains” that aims to facilitate travel and make it possible to go faster from one city ​​to another.

According to the Commission, this is the 100th initiative that got registered since the launch of the European Citizens’ Initiative, marking an important milestone, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The organizers of the initiative have required the Commission to propose an act that is legally binding to connect all capitals of Europe with high-speed rail lines.

Moreover, they have also required the Commission to develop high-speed lines where there is none yet and to help in connecting the existing networks.

Commenting on the matter, the Commission said that the decision to register the initiative does not prejudge the final legal and policy conclusions. Furthermore, it noted that the decision also does not prejudge the action the Commission intends to take.

The same stressed that the initiative is considered to be legally admissible and said that it has yet to analyze the substance of the proposal.

“As the European citizens’ initiative fulfills the formal conditions set out in the applicable legislation, the Commission considers it to be legally admissible. At this stage, the Commission has not analyzed the substance of the proposal,” the statement of the Commission reads.

Following the registration of this particular initiative, the organizers have a six-month period of time to start collecting signatures. It has been stressed that if, within a year, the initiative collects one million statements as well as support from at least seven EU Member States, the Commission will have to react.

The European Citizen’s Initiative launched on April 1, 2012, and since then, citizens have collected around 18 million signatures for different initiatives.

As for the number of initiatives, it has been disclosed that so far, the Commission has received 125 requests to launch an initiative. However, only 100 of them have been registered.

Until now, only nine initiatives have managed to collect one million signatures. Of all these nine initiatives, seven have already received the Commission’s response, while the other two are still being assessed.

According to the Commission, these initiatives give European citizens the opportunity to put certain issues on the agenda, and they lead to concrete results. The Commission has already announced this year that it will ban cages for all animals mentioned in an initiative. It has also taken acts for some others.

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