Democracy and Justice
Impact of the Coronavirus on ECI Procedures – Will the Commission Extend Deadlines?
28-04-2020 - Balázs Tárnok
The coronavirus has completely reversed not only our everyday lives, but several European Union proceedings as well. The pandemic significantly affects the two Hungarian-related European Citizens’ Initiatives (ECIs) for the protection and promotion of rights and interests of national minorities, the Cohesion Policy Initiative and the Minority SafePack Initiative (MSPI). While in the former the collection of signatures is still ongoing, the latter, after successfully gathering the necessary statements of support, is currently waiting for the response of EU institutions. The Commission has not yet taken decisions in response to the coronavirus in relation to the ECI procedures. In terms of the above mentioned ECIs it would mean, on the one hand, the extension of the signature collection period and, on the other hand, the extension of the period of examination of the proposals by the Commission. This analysis attempts to predict these decisions.