Article 9 Procedure for the collection of statements of support

1. Statements of support may be signed online or in paper form.


2. Only forms which comply with the models set out in Annex III may be used to collect statements of support.

The group of organisers shall complete the forms set out in Annex III prior to initiating the collection of statements of support. The information given in the forms shall correspond to that contained in the register.

Where the group of organisers choses to collect statements of support online through the central online collection system provided for in Article 10, the Commission shall be responsible for providing the appropriate forms, in accordance with Annex III.

Where an initiative has been partially registered in accordance with Article 6(4), the forms set out in Annex III as well as the central online collection system and an individual online collection system, as applicable, shall reflect the scope of the registration of the initiative. The forms for the statement of support may be adapted for the purpose of the collection online or in paper form.

Annex III shall not apply where the citizens support an initiative online, through the central online collection system referred to in Article 10, using their notified electronic identification means within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 referred to in Article 10(4) of this Regulation. Citizens shall provide their nationality and Member States shall accept the minimum data set for a natural person in accordance with Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/15011.


3. A person signing a statement of support shall be required to provide only the personal data set out in Annex III.


4. Member States shall inform the Commission of whether they wish to be included in part A or B, respectively, of Annex III by 30 June 2019. Member States that wish to be included in part B of Annex III, shall indicate the type(s) of personal identification (document) number referred to therein.

By 1 January 2020, the Commission shall publish the forms set out in Annex III in the register.

A Member State included in one part of Annex III may make a request to the Commission to be transferred to the other part of Annex III. It shall make its request to the Commission at least six months before the date from which the new forms will be applicable.


5. The group of organisers shall be responsible for the collection of the statements of support from signatories in paper form.


6. A person may sign a statement of support for a given initiative only once.


7. The group of organisers shall inform the Commission of the number of collected statements of support in each Member State at least every two months during the collection period and of the final number within three months of the end of the collection period for publication in the register.

Where the required number of statements of support has not been reached, or in the absence of a response from the group of organisers within three months of the end of the collection period, the Commission shall close the initiative and publish a notice to that effect in the register.



Regulation on the European citizens’ initiative(pdf).
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