Dalyvaujamoji demokratija

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28 pages

Introduced on 1 April 2012 by the Treaty of Lisbon, the European Citizens' Initiative is the most important instrument of participative democracy in the European Union. By collecting at least 1 million signatures from at least 7 EU Member States, citizens have the right to call directly on the European Commission to propose a legal act or modify the existing one. This Guide is to provide you with an idea of how to get involved.

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2015
09/04/2013
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Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
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EESC

The organisation of the annual ECI Day - which I hope will remain a landmark in years to come with more and more partners on board - is also clear proof of our commitment to initiate dialogue on this tool. Last year's event was only a small seminar to celebrate the launch of the ECI process, but it attracted many people.
We have also supported the ECI process by hosting technical working groups on the online signature collection software, bringing together IT experts and ECI organisers to see what can be improved on (participants will hear about the ongoing work during the afternoon's panel).

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Staffan Nilsson's speeches at the European Citizens' Initiative Day 2013

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48 pages

This book argues that civil society, by which we mean associations, interest groups and the employers’and union organisations, is an essential pillar of democracy. During meetings with representatives of organised civil society, the writer has gathered a series of examples of how they have made their voices heard in the EU.

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2013
23/01/2013
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Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

The EESC believes that there is much more to European citizenship, and that a political system such as the EU must cultivate and strengthen the political, social and cultural dimensions of the Union. If we want people to feel truly connected to Europe, we need to develop their ability to exercise political power ("power" in the sense of participation in governance). We can develop that ability by providing knowledge about the political system and using mechanisms that allow for participation from the bottom up.

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Staffan Nilsson`s opening speech at the YourEurope2013 open space event

30/11/2012
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Luca Jahier
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Inaugural speech by President Luca JAHIER

Presentation by Gordon Sillence (A)

Presentation by Gordon Sillence (B)

Presentation by Zaharias Ioannides

Presentation by Panayotis Gkofas

Welcome speech by Mr Moiseos

Speech by Ms Pantelakis

Speech by Mr Frydman

Speech by Mr Michaelides

Speech by Mr Perikleous

Speech by Mr Georgiadis

10/09/2012
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Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

We were all happy when the European Commission designated 2013 as the European Year of Citizens. Citizens play a central role in Europe’s future and integration. What could be more appropriate and timely to dedicate a European Year to them?

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Staffan Nilsson's opening remarks at the Liaison Group meeting

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