European Citizens Initiative

One Million Signatures for the Minorities

On 3 February 2017, the EU Court delivered the judgment in the case of the Minority SafePack Initiative against the European Commission. The Court held that the decision taken by the European Commission in September 2013 to reject the registration of the Minority SafePack Initiative was unlawful.

According to the judges, the Commission failed to comply with its obligations to state reasons by not indicating which of the measures contained in the proposed initiative did not come within its competence and by not setting out the reasons in support of that conclusion. As a result, the citizen’s committee was not able to identify the proposals set out in the annex of the Minority SafePack Initiative which, according to the Commission, fell outside the competences of the Commission, or to know the reasons which led to that assessment.

More than four years ago, the members of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) started preparations for a European Citizens’ Initiative. The project is the most important initiative of the minorities in Europe in recent decades. Started with much optimism and political support, the initiative was taken before the European Court of Justice, after the European Commission rejected the initiative in September 2013. According to the European Commission, the proposed initiative fell “manifestly outside the framework of the Commission’s powers”.

The Minority SafePack Initiative, which was submitted by a high-profile citizens’ committee, was elaborated by a team of experts and contains a set of measures and concrete legal acts (laws) for the promotion and protection of the European minorities and the regional and minority languages. 

In a unique action of solidarity, the minorities wanted to collect one million signatures for diversity in Europe. Together we would succeed to show the decision-makers in Brussels and in the Member States of Europe that we are here, we are many, and we want to influence and be involved in decision-making.

The European Commission took the decision to register the Minority SafePack Initiative. The Commission’s initial decision from 2013 to deny registration of the initiative was annulled by the General Court of the European Union in the beginning of February this year.

FUEN-Press release 29 March 2017: Green light for the Minority SafePack Initiative

Press release European Commission 29 March 2017





Overview press releases:

17 February 2017 Focus on the Minority SafePack at DialogForumNorden

13 February 2017: FUEN President Loránt Vincze spoke about the Minority SafePack in Budapest

6 February 2017: Thanks a lot for all the congratulations! – Non sei solo. Un milione di firme per la diversità in Europa

3 February 2017: European minorities win Minority SafePack case against the European Commission

1 February 2017: Judgment of the Minority SafePack Initiative on 3 February 2017

16 September 2016: European Minorities optimistic after hearing at the EU Court

15 September 2016: Minority SafePack Initiative – We are confident that we have a strong case

29 July 2016: On 16 September 2016 the long-awaited hearing about the Minority SafePack will take place in Luxemburg

1 October 2015: First judgment in a European citizens’ initiative case

6 May 2015: First European citizens’ initiative before the Court of Justice in Luxemburg 

27 February 2015: Minority SafePack at hearing in the European Parliament – More rights for citizens’ initiatives

26 February 2015: European Parliament is investigating how the European citizens’ initiative should be reformed and wants to hear about the experiences of the Minority SafePack Initiative

25 November 2014: Vice President Timmermans of the European Commission has meeting with FUEN

13 November 2014: Workshop about the Minority SafePack Citizens’ Initiative in Budapest 

2 December 2013: Minorities lodge appeal in Luxemburg against the rejection of the European Citizens’ Initiative 

16 October 2013: We will not back down - Letters to Heads of States and Presidents of European Institutions

10 October 2013: No rapprochement on the Citizens’ Initiative: Director of the European Commission is confronted with critical questions at the Parliament 

27 September 2013: “Now more than ever”: Strong interest for the FUEN discussion meeting on the Citizens’ Initiative in the European Parliament

19 September 2013: Open Letter FUEN President Hans Heinrich Hansen on the rejection of the Minority SafePack Initiative by the European Commission

17 September 2013: European Commission rejects citizens’ initiative for the minorities: reasoning is incomprehensible, disappointing and exasperating – initiators considering legal action 

16 July 2013: We pushed the button: Minority SafePack submitted

25 June 2013: Successful launch of the Minority SafePack Initiative

29 January 2013: Expert Meeting in Brussels


  • Political Participation
  • Fundamental Rights
  • Linguistic Diversity
  • Solidarity with the Roma
  • European Citizens' Initiative
  • European Network
  • Forum of the European Minorities / House of Minorities


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