The first UBi4ALL raffle winnings goes to France

The winner of the first lottery draw for the citizen’s salary organized by the NGO UBI4ALL is Lucie Paulin, a young Frenchwoman who has finished her studies and is looking for a suitable job. From the beginning of July, she will receive a citizen’s salary of 800 euros per month during the year. The rest who did not win this time are automatically participants in the next draw, they do not have to re-register.

The registration form will be opened for new participants on June 17 at . The same portal also has a form for making donations. The new lottery will take place as soon as 9,600 euros have been raised from donations again.

At the end of the video broadcast on 16 June, Helwig Fenner, the project leader, called on everyone to sign up to the European Citizens’ Initiative for the unconditional introduction of basic income in the Member States of the Union. The initiative can be signed for another year, until 25 June 2022. The European Commission has extended the deadline twice, as the coronary pandemic made it significantly more difficult to collect signatures.

Almost 16 thousand people from all over the European Union took part in the first European citizenship draw. There were the most Greeks (4090), but considering the population, the most active participants were Latvian citizens, who were only a few hundred fewer than the Greeks.

Pictured: Participants in the UBI4ALL lottery video broadcast. The first winners of the draws of the German organization Mein Grundeinkommen are sharing their experiences in the middle row on the right and in the bottom row on the left. UBI4ALL was created following the example of the Germans.

Author: Jaanus Nurmoja

Further extenstion for collecting signatures implemented by EU commission

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
Having regard to Regulation (EU) 2020/1042 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 July 2020 laying down temporary measures concerning the time limits for the collection, the verification and the examination stages provided for in Regulation (EU) 2019/788 on the European citizens’ initiative in view of the COVID-19 outbreak1, and in particular Article 2(2) thereof,



For those reasons, it can be concluded that the conditions for granting an extension of the collection periods are fulfilled in respect of 5 initiatives for which the collection period was ongoing on 1 May 2021. Those collection periods should therefore be extended by three months.


The new end dates of the collection periods for the following initiatives shall be as follows:


  • the initiative entitled ‘VOTERS WITHOUT BORDERS, Full Political Rights for EU Citizens’: 11 June 2022;
  • the initiative entitled ‘Start Unconditional Basic Incomes (UBI) throughout the EU’: 25 June 2022;
  • the initiative entitled ‘Libertà di condividere’: 1 August 2022;
  • the initiative entitled ‘Right to Cure’: 1 August 2022;
  • the initiative entitled ‘Civil society initiative for a ban on biometric mass surveillance practices’: 1 August 2022;
  • the initiative entitled ‘Green Garden Roof Tops’: 1 August 2022.



New survey: ECI unkown in most European countries

New survey: Citizens still do not know their rights of codetermination in EU politics

A European alliance of 17 European Citizens’ Initiatives and organizations is calling for the official extension of Europe Day on 9 May to “EU Sign Day” in order to strengthen citizens’ participation in European Union policies.

With a level of awareness of 2.4%, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) as an instrument of political codetermination in the European Union is almost unknown among the population, according to a current representative YouGov survey in Germany, Italy, Finland and Portugal.

If one million valid signatures are obtained across the EU, citizens can submit their proposals for new laws directly to both the EU Parliament and the EU Commission. In addition to the hearing, both institutions are obliged to submit a written statement. This makes it much more effective than, for example, a petition to the Bundestag.

An ECI must be registered by a group of at least seven organizers across the EU. The collection of signatures is limited to one year, is also possible online and must meet a minimum quorum in at least seven EU states.

“There also needs to be sufficient financial support for European Citizens’ Initiatives for infrastructure and professional support. Citizens cannot do this on a voluntary basis if there is no large organization behind it” explains Ronald Blaschke from the EU organizing team of ECI UBI and coordinator for Germany.

Since its introduction in 2012, only six (of the 78 red.) European Citizens’ Initiatives have been able to clear the high signature hurdles. “If the EU Commission takes people’s participation opportunities seriously, it must take much stronger measures to ensure successful implementation and to raise awareness of the ECI as an effective instrument of political co-determination in the EU” demands Klaus Sambor from Austria, one of the initiators of the ongoing ECI for Unconditional Basic Incomes (UBI) throughout the EU, which has collected around 117,000 signatures since September 2020.

The EU-wide alliance, which as an immediate measure calls for the establishment of 9 May as “EU Sign Day” consists of: ECI Unconditional Basic Incomes throughout the EU, ECI StopGlobalWarming, ECI Voters Without Borders, ECI Freedom To Share, ECI Save Bees and Farmers, ECI Reclaim Your Face as well as 11 other civil society organizations in the EU.

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