Petition for a Welcoming Europe

Why a European Citizens' Initiative?

Sadly, the financial means to support refugees are often lacking and municipalities are struggling with diminishing budgets for integration.

Furthermore, we believe that the rights of refugees need to be better protected. This is particularly pressing at the EU’s external borders, where refugees get stuck and are exploited.

To achieve a positive change, we take part in the European Citizens’ Initiative to convince the European Union to take action.

We ask the European Commission:

  • To provide financial support to citizens and initiatives helping refugees to integrate;
  • To prohibit Member States from punishing citizens who provide assistance to a refugee;
  • To protect the victims of human rights violations, human trafficking and exploitation at our borders by setting up an effective complaints mechanism.

We have until 15 February, 2019 to reach 1 million signatures. Contribute to a more Welcoming Europe, your voice will make a difference!

Read more about the petition to promote the integration and protection of refugees in Europe or sign now (below).

What is the European Citizens' Initiative?

The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is a European Union mechanism aimed at increasing direct democracy by enabling EU citizens to participate directly in the development of EU policies. The initiative enables one million citizens of the European Union, who are nationals of at least one quarter of the member states, to call directly on the European Commission to propose a legal act in an area where the Member States have conferred powers onto the EU level.

This right to request the Commission to initiate a legislative proposal puts citizens on the same footing as the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

The convince the European Union, we need your signature.

Read more about this initiative on the website of the European Commission

Sign the petition below!


Partners of 'A Welcoming Europe'

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