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Sophie von Hatzfeldt advocating Democracy International's demands for ECI reform

ECI Day 2016


The annual conference to dicuss the European Citizens' Initiative, "ECI Day" will take place in Brussels on Wednesday, 20 April 2016.

2016's ECI Day will focus on how to make an ECI as effective as possible, regardless of whether it is successful, and the help available to organisers. We will strive to describe how organisers can deal with the difficulties encountered and why the rules must be simplified if Europeans' belief in their important role as joint policy makers is to be restored.

Register online until 17 April via this registration form.

Of the 56 ECIs submitted to date to the European Commission, only three succeeded in collecting over 1 million signatures – however, none of them was followed by a legislative proposal from the Commission. This necessarily gave rise to dissatisfaction among organisers and raises the question of the tool's efficiency and user-friendliness, especially as compared to the requirements involved.

The event will focus on the following three main themes analysed in three separate workshops:

• Instruments for participatory democracy in place at EU level;
• Assistance available to ECI organisers (presentations by institutions and organisations providing support to the ECIs: services, applications and tools);
• How to organise an ECI: reaching out to the public and ensuring that the Commission takes action.

The European Citizens' Initiative Day 2016, "Forging Change" will take place on Wednesday, 20 April 2016, at the EESC premises in Brussels. For updates and news please consider the events page

Register online until 17 April via this registration form.





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