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20.000 people want reform of ECI


Democracy International is proud to announce that on 11 August 2015, the network of democracy activists reached its first target of 20,000 signatures in its campaign to improve the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). By signing the petition, 20,000 people from across the continent have shown that they want to participate in setting Europe's agenda and that the ECI should be the first step toward more direct democracy in the EU.​ 

Democracy International will continue campaigning to ensure that these signatures have an impact and lead to political change.

Next steps

We will continue to pressure the European Parliament and the European Commission to introduce reforms that will seriously strengthen the ECI.

On 22 September 2015, the Parliament’s constitutional affairs committee is voting on a report on the European Citizens’ Initiative. The vote is important to determine the Parliament’s position on the ECI. Democracy International will send the Members of the European Parliament its demands for a reform of the ECI and inform them that 20,000 Europeans vigilantly stand behind these proposals.

In November, all parliamentarians will debate in plenum and vote on the future of the European Citizens’ Initiative. The result will be an important signal to the European Commission that the European Citizens’ Initiative needs profound improvements.  On this important occasion, we will hand over all collected signatures to the EU politicians. We will remind them that their primary duty is to us, the people, and that it is their obligation to stand up for the people’s interests and rights.

Please sign & spread

Please help Democracy International to collect more signatures by November. Please sign the the petition and spread it amongst your friends, colleagues, social networks by sending an email or posting it on your facebook wall. The more we are, the stronger our impact will be. 

Toolkit available

Please see the user guide on how to embed the petition (“widget”) into your website. You can also find this user guide for download below.

The campaign photo can be downloaded here. Credits must be given to the photographer Michael Erhardsson, who provided the photo for this campaign pro bono.    

Thank you for your support!



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