With the endorsement week for seven petitions (Volksbegehren) from 2 to 9 May on the horizon in Austria, we would like to draw your attention to the chance to commit active citizenship!
Austrian citizens who are 16 or older can sign these petitions either online via oesterreich.gv.at (requiring a phone signature or citizen card) or in any municipality, regardless of their place of residence. If they receive 100,000 signatures, the petitions in question will be handed to the National Assembly, where they will be the subject of a plenary debate. Currently, there are also 47 petitions in the support phase – if they receive 8,401 statements of support, they will also get an endorsement week. Two more petitions will have their endorsement week later this year in June.
For further information, you can visit oesterreich.gv.at (German only). Additionally, we are compiling a Drive folder with relevant information in English – make sure to check it out and make your voice heard!
There will also be an online information event on 5 May at 20:00 CEST hosted by Philipp Leindl, offering insight into what petitions are, how they work and which ones you can currently support in Austria. Additionally, we will talk about European Citizens’ Initiatives – the EU version of such petitions. More information on the event coming soon!