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When natural disasters hit, the people affected are in need of immediate and swift help. States have developed protocols and services to respond first; however sometimes not even good planning can anticipate the scales of some natural disasters, nor the area or number of people affected. The situation is even worse in countries with outdated protocols and small disaster/emergency budgets.
On 22 September, Members of the European Parliament (MEP) will vote on the future of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). This is the only instrument we have to directly influence the EU’s agenda - but it is highly inefficient and almost entirely powerless. Right now we have one last chance to demand a change and save the European Citizens’ Initiative.