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An initial decision by the European Commission not to register an initiative against a free trade agreement between the EU and the US led to Europe-wide protests
03-08-2017
It is a critical moment for modern democracy. In the months to come, the fate of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) - the first tool of participatory and direct democracy at the transnational level - will be decided.
Lukas Wegmüller
06-06-2017
Ein Gespräch mit Lukas Wegmüller, Co-Generalsekretär der Neuen Europäischen Bewegung Schweiz über die Stärken und Schwächen der Schweizer direkten Demokratie und die Europäische Union aus eidgenössischer Perspektive.                 
Citizen Europe
30-03-2017
On 1 April 2017, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) celebrated its fifth anniversary. The historically first tool of participatory and direct democracy at transnational level provides EU citizens with the constitutional right to address the decision-making process of the EU...
People protesting against animal research experiments [AnimaNaturalis_Flickr]
17-06-2015
On 16 June 2015, the Council of the European Union hosted for the first time in history an event directly dedicated to participatory democracy – the European Citizens’ Initiative. Democracy International used this occasion to advocate its proposals for reforming the European...
Logo by the European Commission of the ECI
31-03-2015
One day before the third birthday of the European Citizens‘ Initiative (ECI), the European Commission has presented a report in which it analyses the implementation of the ECI since it became effective three years ago. The executive body of the EU reaches the conclusion that the...
The poster of the public hearing. Source: European Parliament
26-02-2015
EU decision-makers and stakeholders met for a hearing on 26 February 2015 in the European Parliament to discuss the vital need for reform of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). The ECI was implemented in 2012 and has since then experienced minor successes and major hurdles...
The panel of the first ECI hearing on "Right2Water"
19-02-2015
In view of the upcoming review of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) the European Parliament is inviting experts and practitioners to a public hearing on the implementation of the ECI. The hearing will take place in Brussels on 26 February 2015. In this view, Democracy...
Protests against TTIP in Berlin, Image: Mehr Demokratie e.V.
10-12-2014
A recent citizens’ initiative allows Europeans to participate in political decision-making in Brussels – a tool they have used over 50 times in the past few years. The latest on the list is an initiative against the free trade agreement with the US causing headaches on all sides...
Democracy International is a partner of the ECI Support Centre
27-11-2014
Democracy International in joint cooperation with the ECI Support Centre, the Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe as well as the European Economic and Social Committee cordially invite to a conference with the aim of assessing the legal framework of the European Citizens...
Protests against TTIP in Berlin, Image: Mehr Demokratie e.V.
24-06-2014
Organisations from all across Europe are currently gearing up for a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with the aim of repealing the European Union’s negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade Investor Partnership (TTIP) and not concluding the Comprehensive Economic and...

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