ECI DAY 2017 Report

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Executive summary:

  • The European Commission announced that it would revise ECI Regulation 11/2011. The first vice-president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, declared himself committed to submitting a new proposal in autumn 2017.
  • The European Commission reiterated its openness to the ECI and its desire to help this instrument succeed – it now allowed for partial registration of the admissible elements of ECI proposals.
  • Following a proposal from the Parliament, the Commission would implement a pilot project in 2017/2018 aimed at setting up an online collaborative platform to offer support and advice as regards the organisation of initiatives (the survey was distributed among the participants and was available online on the ECI DAY 2017 website).
  • The EU institutions and other bodies present were as follows: European Economic and Social Committee; European Parliament; European Committee of the Regions; civil society partners (European Citizens Action Service, The ECI Campaign, Democracy International, Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe, People2Power and others). The attendees reiterated their support for the ECI and the urgent need for a new, simplified and more citizen-friendly regulation.
  • It was argued that greater focus on the role of the Member States and their regions was needed, as grass-root citizens' initiatives required first and foremost a positive local and national administrative environment that took a greater interest in the ECI as a tool and recognised the important and indispensable contribution made by active citizens to policy making.

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ECI DAY 2017 Report