The ECI DAY 2017 focused on the individual involvement of citizens and their active role in policy shaping. It was organised in the context of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties, the first treaty to talk about European citizenship, in order to show all the positive developments of the concept and a number of new tools to involve citizens. The theme "I participate!" was to underline the importance of citizens' personal involvement in building up a comprehensive democratic system in the EU.
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European Citizens' Initiative - Related Events
The ECI DAY serves as a meeting place and platform for the registered and future ECI organisers to meet and exchange information and experiences, and present their ECIs to the media.
The 2016 edition will focus on the ways of dealing with the identified difficulties, also to emphasize why the simplification of the rules is indispensable. The organisers will find out more about the help available, about what instruments are out there to maximize the impact of their initiatives. Finally, a broader context of participatory democracy in the EU will be drawn with information on the existing tools.
EESC's public hearing on the European Citizens Initiative in the context of the ongoing review process. Questions to be tackled: policy areas covered by the ECI and the validation process; the current political limits to participatory democracy on a European level; the role of the EU institutions and Member States in the process and a better defined support.
The objective of the hearing is to gather relevant views and proposals regarding ways in which cyberactivism and online participation can be effectively supported, so as to encourage and strengthen social engagement and to boost volunteering.
The ECI Day serves as a meeting place and platform for registered and future ECI organisers to meet and exchange information and experiences, and present their ECI to the media. The ECI campaigners and stakeholders will invite you to their stands outside the conference rooms where they will be presenting their initiatives and activities.
Two years after the launch of the ECI and one year before the revision of the implementing regulation, the ECI Day 2014 creates an excellent opportunity to discuss the best practices stemming from the first successful ECIs and to set up the list of recommendations for improving this instrument of direct democracy. The event will focus on three aspects of the ECI: the ECI and political challenge, its legal aspects and ECI campaigning in view of the new e-democracy tools.
In 2013, the European Citizens' Initiative Day brought together stakeholders and organisers of initiatives in order to discuss the first year of the citizens' initiative, its first problems and successes, and prepare the revision of the regulation in 2015.
The conference explored further the democratic potential of the ECI in Europe, as well as some recent best practices in the field of participatory democracy and citizen's participation. An interactive panel debate engaged European, national and regional policy makers and discussed the role of the two Committees in the ECI.
On 22 March 2011, Group III held an important seminar under the above title. In a rapidly changing world, it should be noted that Group III has worked doggedly and consistently for well over twelve or more years in pursuance of an important objective, the nucleus of which has been recently concretised in Article 11 of the new Lisbon Treaty. It is felt that now is an opportune moment in time to define the outline and the details of a new objective, which intersects with the implementation of Article 11 and the changed context and practice of civil dialogue at EU level.