Minority SafePack – One million signatures for diversity in Europe

You are not alone.

One million signatures for diversity in Europe

In the European Union there are

about 50 million people

who belong to a national minority or a
minority language community.

THIS IS ONE OF EUROPE’S BEST KEPT SECRETS

They make a strong contribution to the linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe. Together with other Europeans they want to define the future of Europe; a future in which not only large languages or dominant cultures, but also minorities are taken into account. Therefore they want protection and support for the preservation of their identity. This is what the Minority SafePack Initiative calls for.
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Minorities make Europe richer!

Sign the petition and help provide a better future for the national
minorities and language communities of Europe!

I want more

The rights of the national and linguistic minorities are not always respected. In many cases their language and culture is endangered. These communities want to have the chance to live their life according to their own traditions. If we want to maintain a diverse Europe, the time has come to support and to promote their values too.

The Minority SafePack Initiative does not want to take anything from the majority communities or from Europe. It simply wants to make it more diverse with their languages and cultures.

Sign the petition and make the European Union a place where every person belonging to a national minority or a language group can feel at home!

SIGN THE PETITION

and make the European Union a place where every person
belonging to an autochthonous minority or a language group can feel at home!

STOP LANGUAGES IN EUROPE
FROM BECOMING EXTINCT!

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CULTURES ARE EQUAL

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LANGUAGE EQUALITY

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AT HOME IN OUR REGION

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FREE PASSAGE OF
AUDIOVISUAL CONTENT

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RIGHTS FOR STATELESS PEOPLE!

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FAQ

1. What is a European Citizens’ Initiative?

The European Citizens’ Initiative is an instrument of direct democracy that was introduced by the European Union in 2012. If more than one million European citizens from at least seven Member States support an initiative proposed by a group of citizens, the European Commission must engage in the proposal.

2. What does the Minority SafePack Initiative mean?

It is a package of law proposals for the safety of the national minorities, a set of EU legal acts that enable the promotion of minority rights, language rights, and the protection of their cultures. In short, it sums up our main objectives: safety for minorities and legislative package for minorities.

3. Why support the Minority SafePack Initiative?

The motto of the European Union is “In varietate concordia – United in diversity”. The purpose of the Minority SafePack Initiative is to encourage the European Union to live up to its motto and to improve the protection of people belonging to national and linguistic minorities and strengthen cultural and linguistic diversity in the Union. The European Union has ignored these requests too often in the past, and has left the minority issues to be dealt with on a Member State level, or by other international organisations.

4. What do we want?

We want the European Union to take responsibility and become a genuine promoter of cultural and linguistic diversity across Europe. We want the Copenhagen Criteria on protecting the rights of minorities to be observed also by the Member States of the EU.

5. What do we propose?

The Minority SafePack Initiative includes eleven original proposals, nine of which were registered by the European Commission:

  1. EU-Recommendation for the protection and promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity
  2. Funding programmes for small linguistic communities,
  3. The creation of a Language Diversity Centre
  4. The objectives of EU’s regional development funds to include the protection of national minorities and the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity
  5. Research about the added value of minorities to our societies and Europe
  6. Approximating equality for stateless minorities e.g. Roma
  7. A single European copyright law, so that services and broadcast can be enjoyed in the mother tongue
  8. Freedom of service and reception of audio-visual content in the minority regions
  9. Block exemption of regional (state) support for minority culture, media and cultural heritage conservation.

6. What do I support by signing the Minority SafePack Initiative?

By signing for our initiative, you show the European Union that you would like it to strengthen cultural and linguistic diversity and minority rights.

7. How can I sign the Minority SafePack Initiative?

You can sign either on a paper form or online.
You may only sign once, either online or on paper!
You have to be at least 18 years old, (16 in Austria) and be a citizen of an EU Member State. If you have double citizenship, or more than two citizenships, you may only sign once.
You may freely choose the language of the form out of the 24 official EU languages.

8. Will my personal data be safe if I fill out and sign the form?

In accordance with Article 10 of Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, the personal data provided on this form will only be made available to the competent authorities for the purpose of verification and certification of the number of valid signatures.

According to the Article 8 of Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 on the citizens’ initiative, the competent authorities of the Member States shall also check the data and would issue a certificate in the end.

The Minority SafePack Initiative runs its online collection campaign trough the software and servers of the European Commission in Luxembourg. Your data may not be used for any other purpose. You are entitled to obtain access to your personal data which is collected by a software provided by the European Commission itself and the data is stored securely in the servers of the Commission in Luxembourg.

All statements of support will be destroyed at the latest 18 months after the date of registration of the citizens’ initiative, or, in the case of administrative or legal proceedings, at the latest one week after the date of conclusion of the said proceedings.

9. How to fill out the forms

  • You may freely choose the language of the form out of the 24 official languages of the EU
  • There is a separate form for each EU Member State, choose the right one(according to your country of residence or citizenship)
  • Please read the form carefully and fill it out with all the required information
  • Missing or incomplete data means the signature is void
  • You should sign this petition only once (on paperor online).

10. Who can I contact about the petition campaign?

The Federal Union of European Nationalities – FUEN, the umbrella organisation of the European autochthonous minorities is the main organizer and the contact point of the Minority SafePack Initiative petition campaign. This task is carried on behalf of the Minority SafePack Initiative Citizens’ Committee.

Please refer all your questions to info@minority-safepack.eu.

11. How can I help the campaign?

We work together with our local and regional member organisations and our partners to turn the Minority SafePack Initiative into a success. We want to get in touch with you and discuss the logistics. For more details see the How can I help? section. Please refer all your questions to info@minority-safepack.eu..

HOW CAN I HELP?

Be a friend of the Minority SafePack!

We wish to talk to all the European citizens about our initiative, about the value of the autochthonous minorities in our societies. We need to present the Minority SafePack Initiative in the regions and in the Member States. We aim to start a dialogue with the majority, the media and the decision-makers, and proclaim together that the protection of Europe’s cultural and linguistic diversity is a common cause. Of course, we want to collect all the 1 million signatures we need, and even more!

The greatest help is to sign the MSPI and promote it in your own networks. However, you can do even more:

COLLECT SIGNATURES

You just need to print out the forms and ask your friends, family or fellow citizens to fill out a form, sign it and send it to us. Please read the instructions carefully:

Who can sign?

Make sure that the person: did not already sign it (online or in print), is at least 18 years old (16 in Austria), and is a citizen of an EU Member State. If the person has double citizenship, or has more than two citizenships, they may only sign once.

How do I fill out the forms?

Additional forms in other languages and for other countries (out of the 24 official EU languages) can be requested at info@minority-safepack.eu

PRINT AND SPREAD!

If you are able to, feel free to use the materials we have prepared for the campaign. Download the original print-ready materials and spread the word!

Booklet

Flyers (OUR STORIES)

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FOLLOW AND SHARE!

You may not have the means to donate or contribute with printed materials, but you can still do one thing after signing the initiative: follow and share our pages and social media content!

GET IN TOUCH!

The Federal Union of European Nationalities – FUEN, the umbrella organisation of the European autochthonous minorities is the main organizer and the contact point of the Minority SafePack Initiative petition campaign. This task is carried out on behalf of the Minority SafePack Initiative Citizens’ Committee. Please refer all your questions to

info@minority-safepack.eu
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