European Citizens' Initiative

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  • The year 2019 marks a new step in the life of the European Citizens' Initiative. In March, the European Parliament voted on the final text of the new ECI Regulation, which proposes a series of administrative simplifications and procedural changes to make this tool more citizen-friendly and less burdensome for the organisers. ECI Day 2019 was the first to present you with the final text of the new Regulation and explored further how it was intended to benefit active citizens wishing to influence the EU's agenda. This year, the theme of the conference was Digital Voices, reflecting the ongoing changes in the global trends in voting and citizens' active participation. Digital natives no longer wait for elections to express their preferences; they voice their concerns at all times and at every opportunity. The ECI Day explored these new digital trends in the particular context of the European elections.

  • Following the new European Commission proposal of September 2017, the European citizens' initiative has new wind in its sails. It now faces a lot of changes, many of which may greatly simplify administrative and organizational burdens. These changes will soon be discussed in the three-way consultations between the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council.

    The ECI DAY 2018 will seize the moment and offer a first-hand insight into the positions of the three legislators, represented respectively by the First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, the European Parliament general rapporteur György Schöpflin and the 2018 Council Presidency ministers / state secretaries from Bulgaria and Austria.

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    The European Democracy Passport

    Your Guide to Active Citizenship in the European Union

    The new European Democracy Passport, available since spring 2024 and in 24 official languages, facilitates public participation across the European Union, the world’s biggest transnational democracy, with its 27 Member States, 300 regions and more than 100 000 municipalities.

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    The 2023 edition of the EESC's annual European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) Day took place on 8 June. Participants in Brussels and online joined us to discuss how to upskill citizens for a successful ECI with impact.

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    Conclusions of the conference: "ECI Day 2022 -The European Citizens' Initiative 10 years on: ready for the future?" (EESC, 02/06/2022)

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    This brochure presents the EESC's opinions, position papers, resolutions and statements calling for the necessary measures to be taken at EU level, or commenting on those that have already been put forward, in order to tackle the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We pushed for a reconstruction and recovery plan that lives up to this unprecedented challenge.

  • Presentation by
    Laura Sullivan
    Organisation
    Executive Director at WeMove.org
    ECI DAY 2019 Presentation by Laura Sullivan
  • Speaker
    Frans Timmermans
    Organisation
    First Vice-President of the European Commission
    ECI Day 2019 Opening speech by Frans Timmermans
  • Presentation by
    Thomas Eitzenberger
    Organisation
    OpenECI Software developper
    ECI Day 2019 Presentation by Thomas Eitzenberger
  • Presentation by
    Olga Kikou
    Organisation
    ECI "End the Cage Age"
    ECI Day 2019 Presentation by Olga Kikou