What can you do as citizen?

4. Filing a petition

Any citizen of the European Union, or resident in a Member State, may - individually or in association with others - submit a petition to the European Parliament on a subject which falls within the European Union's fields of activity and which affects them directly, including issues of discrimination.


Shane O’Curry, director of ENAR Ireland, will help us understand how civil society can make the most of this tool. ENAR Ireland's 'Love Not Hate' campaign managed to obtain 5,293 signatures up to September 2016 on a petition calling for the Irish government to enact immediately a Criminal Law (Hate Crime) Bill, to protect people from various minorities in Ireland. ENAR Ireland used the European Parliament petition to trigger a European Commission inspection of Ireland under its obligation following the 2008 Framework decision on racism and xenophobia.


Read more about ENAR Ireland’s petition to the European Parliament here http://enarireland.org/enar-ireland-triggers-european-parliaments-investigation-of-ireland-on-hate-crime/


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Reflective questions
How did you find ENAR Ireland's example helpful? Is there anything that surprised you? Is there anything from ENAR Ireland's experience that you can take and apply to your work?