ECI Day 2023

Upskilling citizens for a successful ECI with impact!

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The 2023 edition of the EESC's annual European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) Day will take place on Thursday 8 June. 

Join us – in Brussels or online – to engage with high-level institutional representatives, civil society organisations and ECI organisers and supporters, and to discuss how to upskill citizens for a successful ECI with impact! 

As part of the European Year of Skills, ECI Day 2023 will focus on the skills that organisers need to make their initiative a success. This will include providing participants with practical tips and recommendations in the form of "How-To" workshops on topics such as how influencers can help an ECI succeed, or turning an idea into a European Citizens' Initiative. Drawing on organisers' experience, the opening session will discuss ways to enhance the ECI tool itself. 

In the afternoon, we will: explore the (potential) role of the ECI tool in European Citizens' Panels, identify links to European Parliament elections and investigate the skills needed for young people to be actively and successfully involved in participatory democracy, particularly the ECI. As in previous years, organisers will also be given the opportunity to present their initiatives. 

Registration is open until 4 June.


ECI Day 

The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) is a welcome instrument for participatory democracy at European level. Introduced by the Lisbon Treaty, it entered into force in 2012 and allows Europeans to make legislative proposals and participate in decision-making by connecting directly with EU institutions. It is a chance for them to discuss and influence key policies and it sheds further light on the public's view of the EU's agenda and priorities. The ECI Day is an important forum and platform where registered and future ECI organisers and stakeholders can exchange information and experiences and present their ECI and activities to the public. 

ECI Day permanent partners 

ECI Day 2023 research partner