1. Renewed extension of the signature period
Due to the pandemic situation in the EU, the signature period for our citizens’ initiative has been extended to March 25, 2022. As nice as that is, we all hope that the pandemic will finally be overcome!
2. European Day of the EU (May 9th) is “ECI-Sign-Day”
Civil society organizations in the EU and the initiators of various European citizens’ initiatives want to mobilize on this day – both to sign the citizens’ initiatives themselves and to spread the idea of the European citizens’ initiative, namely to make the EU more democratic and closer to the citizens. We need a democracy that really gives everyone the opportunity to participate in shaping society and the economy. The unconditional basic income is a necessary prerequisite for this.
In the meantime, despite the pandemic, we have reached 113,000 signatures for our ECI. Now we hope to get many more signatures on May 9, 2021 through alliances with partners and other ECIs in the EU. Of course, we also hope that the pandemic will finally come to an end and that the ECI and the idea of the UBI can be promoted with public events or collections of signatures in public places.
But we also ask you to continue to help us as “multipliers” of our ECI for the UBI by spreading it in your family, among friends and colleagues. Please share this link https://eci.ec.europa.eu/014/public via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. For more information, see the multilingual website https://eci-ubi.eu
3. Campaign websites
4. UBI4ALL raffle project
The UBI4ALL raffle project is still missing around 2,800 euros so that the necessary sum of money for the first raffle for a European basic income is together. It would be nice if this could happen by May 9th, the “ECI Sign Day”. With the support of this project, the ECI Basic Income is also supported.
5. Cooperation with other European citizens’ initiatives
We like to cooperate with other European Citizens’ Initiatives by providing information about them – conversely, these via our ECI.
This time we would like to draw attention to the ECI “Freedom to share”.
Its initiators write: “The ECI Freedom to Share wants fair copyright law that balances the fundamental right to have access to science and culture with the right of authors to receive fair compensation. Sharing is nice, it makes us feel good and it improves our lives; it is a deeply human, natural act. It is the fundament of human civilization and progress. This is also the same for file sharing. Legalizing file sharing is a need-to-go to rebuild the internet as a space of freedom, where profiling and mass surveillance have no room, and where is no need for upload filters.
The organizers of this ECI ask you to support and spread the ECI “Freedom to Share” (https://freesharing.eu) ECI in order to legalize private, non-commercial file sharing of creative works and ensure that the authors are fairly compensated.
We wish you all the best! Stay healthy!
Klaus Sambor, Austria
Ronald Blaschke, Germany