Submission and examination
Minority SafePack – one million signatures for diversity in Europe was submitted to the Commission on 10/01/2020, having gathered 1,123,422 statements of support. See press release.
The organisers met with European Commission Vice-President for ‘Values and Transparency’, Věra Jourová and Commissioner for ‘Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth’, Mariya Gabriel on 5/02/2020.
The initiative was debated at the European Parliament’s plenary session on 14 December 2020. In the resolution adopted on 17 December 2020, the European Parliament expressed its support for the initiative. See European Parliament’s press release.
The Commission adopted a Communication on 14/01/2021 setting out the actions it intends to take in response to the initiative Minority SafePack – one million signatures for diversity in Europe. See press release.
Answer of the European Commission and follow-up
Main conclusions of the Communication:
Inclusion and respect for the rich cultural diversity of Europe is one of the priorities and objectives of the European Commission. A wide range of measures addressing several aspects of the proposals of the initiative have been taken over the last years since the initiative was originally presented in 2013. The Communication assesses each of the nine individual proposals on its own merits, taking into account the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. While no further legal acts are proposed, the full implementation of legislation and policies already in place provides a powerful arsenal to support the initiative’s goals.