22 Mar 2017
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 22 MARCHBrussels Daily
Michel Barnier spoke at the 122nd plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions
At the invitation of President Juncker, Michel Barnier today updated the College of Commissioners on his preparatory work as Chief Negotiator for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom. Mr Barnier will speak today at 4pm CET at the 122nd plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions. Mr Barnier will outline the conditions necessary for reaching an agreement with the United Kingdom and will discuss the importance of removing uncertainty early on in the negotiations, particularly for the more than four million citizens directly affected by the UK’s decision to withdraw from the European Union. The speech can be livestreamed here. A French and English version will be available online
European Commission registers two European Citizens’ Initiatives on the rights of Union citizens after Brexit and rejects one on preventing Brexit
Today the Commission has registered two European Citizens’ Initiatives on the rights of Union citizens in light of the UK withdrawal from the EU, and rejected a third proposal entitled ‘Stop Brexit’ on grounds of inadmissibility. The Commission found that two of the three proposed European Citizens’ initiatives – the “EU Citizenship for Europeans: United in Diversity in spite of jus soli and jus sanguinis” and “Retaining European Citizenship” – met all the necessary conditions under the Regulation on European Citizens’ Initiatives, and are therefore both legally admissible. The third proposed Citizens’ Initiative did not meet the conditions for registration. The Commission has not examined the substance of the above initiatives. Today’s decisions concern only their legal admissibility. The formal registration of the “EU Citizenship for Europeans” and “Retaining European Citizenship” initiatives will take place on 27 March and 2 May respectively. In both cases, this will start a one-year process to collect signatures in support of the initiatives, by their organisers. More information is available in the press release here.