Archive for March, 2012

People can soon suggest European laws

March 23, 2012

Group 5; Elina Kilpi, Heidi Söyrinki, Minna Rajainmäki

The citizens of European Union have soon a possibility to suggest new EU laws. If an organization or a group of individuals is able to collect at least million names for an initiative, a European Commission is obliged to process the proposal. The European Citizen’s initiative (ECI) was proposed already 2009 in Lisbon Treaty. It will come into force the first of April 2012.

The names have to be collected within a year and only from persons who are eligible to vote in the European Parliament election. The signers should come from at least seven member states. (more…)

A step forward in the democratic life of the European Union

March 23, 2012

On the 15th of December 2010 The European Commission approved the idea of participation of European citizens in the legislation process.  That innovation assigns Citizens’ Committee from the representatives of at least seven Member States bring forward legislative proposals.

Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Inter-institutional Relations and Administration, called the Citizens’ Initiative a new form of participatory democracy to the EU that will bring Europe closer to its citizens. (more…)

Citizens’ initiative brings direct democracy to the European Union

March 23, 2012

Group1: Julia Virtala, Ossi Mansikka, Matti Vesikansa, Brian Otieno

The European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) brings democracy out from Brussels to every citizen’s doorstep. It was approved of by the European Parliament and the Council on 15th of December 2011 and it is expected to come into force on April 1st, 2012. From then on, the citizens of the European Union will have equal rights as a majority in The European Parliament and the Member states; to set the agenda for the whole union.

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European Citizens’ Initiative brings desicion making closer to people

March 23, 2012

Elina Rimpiläinen, Linda Finell

Starting from April 1, European citizens’ can directly influence EU legislation. European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), a part of the Lisbon Treaty, gives ordinary citizens the opportunity to bring legislative proposals forward to the European Commission.

ECI proposals can be made in the fields that the Commission has legislative power, such as environment, agriculture, transport or public health, and should not conflict with the fundamental values of the European Union.

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EU welcomes citizens to change the legislation

March 23, 2012

Written by Group 2: Johanna Nykopp, Jenni Tepsa, Anna Vanninen

Citizens are allowed to suggest directly new EU legislations after the 1st of April 2012. However, the new opportunity for citizens to participate in the EU legislation doesn’t obligate the EU Commission to any actions. In Finland, the citizen initiative already is in action. (more…)

EU starts taking citizen law initiatives in at the 1st of April

March 23, 2012

by Aleksi Vihunen & Ville Matilainen (group 3)

Waited since the Lisboan treaty ratified in 2009, the European Union takes one step closer to the model of straight democracy announcing the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) active at the April Fool’s Day. The ECI allows the citizens of European Unions have an effect on legislative proposals formerly made strictly by the European Commission. 

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EU comes closer to its citizens on April

March 23, 2012

by Petra Piitulainen and Minna-Riikka Härkönen (Group 4)

European citizens can propose new EU laws from first of April. The European Commission can consider citizens’ initiatives, which get not less than seven nationalities and one million people behind them. Is Citizens’ Initiative solution to negative atmosphere in EU? (more…)

EU citizens can suggest new EU legislation for the first time

March 23, 2012

By Hannele Järvelä and Anniina Makkonen (group 7)

The European Citizen’s Initiative allows citizens to participate in EU legislation. The first initiatives can be considered from early 2012.

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Finland hires Spanish nurses

March 22, 2012

Finland has actively started to search work force for health care. The aim is to find professionals within European Union when the Finnish health care staff retires.  There is a growing number of elderly people and not enough young professionals to take care of them. Now nearly 4,000 Spanish nurses have applied to come to work in Finland. The weak economic situation and the high unemployment have driven them to seek work abroad.

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Migrant construction workers are modern slaves

March 22, 2012

By Minna-Riikka Härkönen and Petra Piitulainen, group 4

EU enlargements to Eastern Europe have led to structural change in construction industry all over Europe. Migrant workers from Estonia are conquering field of construction in Finland, while every fifth Finnish construction worker is jobless, but at the same time for example Romanian and Polish work at Estonian construction sites. (more…)