One year after the launch of the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) the ECI Day assessed this first year, heard the experiences of organisers, drew conclusions from the lessons learnt, devised intermediate solutions to problems and started preparing for the 2015 revision of the regulation.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), in partnership with the Committee of the Regions (CoR), the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), Democracy International and the Initiative, the Referendum Institute Europe and Euronews, organised this year's ECI Day on Tuesday 9 April 2013, from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., at the EESC premises in Brussels.
What to expect?
To set the scene, an evaluation study of the first year of the ECI was presented (see related documents below).
The morning session focussed on campaigning issues and lessons to be learnt from the experiences of ECI organisers, giving them the opportunity to exchange best practices.
In the afternoon, we discussed the online signature collection software with IT and campaign experts, drawing conclusions from the first experiences and making concrete suggestions on how to improve the collection system.
The afternoon was also devoted to the results of a series of workshops that were organised by our partners on 19 March 2013, entitled 'European Citizens’ Initiatives (ECIs): A case for orientation or re-orientation?' (see related documents below).
The ECI Day also serves as a meeting place for registered and future ECI organisers to meet and exchange information and experiences, and present their ECI to the media.
First pictures and reports
Check out the first pictures from the ECI Day on Staffan Nilsson's Facebook page.
Our partners have published reports on their own websites: check out Euractiv.com and Democracy International.
You can also follow us on Twitter using the #EESC, #ECI andhashtags.
For more information, please contact the Secretariat of the European Citzens'I Initiative (ECI)