Now we see what those conditions are, bizzarely the first Para of Article 24 seems to refer to Common Foriegn and Security policy - unless I am just stupid.4. Not less than one million citizens who are nationals of a significant number of Member States may take the initiative of inviting the European Commission, within the framework of its powers, to submit any appropriate proposal on matters where citizens consider that a legal act of the Union is required for the purpose of implementing the Treaties.The procedures and conditions required for such a citizens' initiative shall be determined in accordance with the first paragraph of Article 24 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
Anyhow it appears that the Commission are a little worried by the can of worms they may have opened, a million people isn't that many,
On Wednesday, the European Commission suggested how the petitions process would work, and said proposals that went "against the values of the union" would not be accepted.What so a proposal to have an EU wide referendum on the Lisbon Treaty would be rejected? Who knows, who knows what these values are until they decide arbitrarily at the time?
EU officials want to be able to stop a petition once 300,000 signatures have been collected in order to check whether the demand was something they could act on. The EU executive cannot propose laws in some areas where member nations take charge, such as security.The thing is, of course that as people who do not 'get' democracy they do not understand that in a democracy, nothing, nothing whatsoever is something that cannot be debated, or indeed acted upon by the Government. After all they are merely the servants of the people.
Now if they wish to create 70% of our laws, then they are our government. And a Government that sets its face against the will of the people it purports to govern is walking on very thin ice.