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Unser Dome Talk in Bonn
15-05-2018
"No one should be angry"
On May 5 it finally happened: the first event of the NRW tour of the European Public Sphere took place in Bonn. This time the wooden dome was set up on the Münsterplatz in Bonn's city centre, where a major sporting event in bright sunshine and summery temperatures was taking...
The EU Commission's new campaign: #EUTakeTheInitiative
15-04-2018
The challenging making of the European Citizens’ Initiative
“Take the Initiative!” This request by the European Commission to all citizens of the European Union marks the latest development in embracing participatory and direct democracy at the transnational level. In reality, the making and application of the European Citizens’...
ECI Day 2018
13-04-2018
ECI Day 2018: Working together
On April 10, 2018, the ECI Day took place in Brussels for the seventh time, with the main organiser and host once again being the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). In addition to organisational partners such as Democracy International, European Citizen Action...
Minority Safepack reached 1 Million signatures just before the deadline
13-04-2018
“We are fighting with unequal means”
In a last-minute bit of good news ahead of this year’s ECI Day, the ‘Minority SafePack’ European Citizens’ Initiative announced that they had reached the hurdle of one million signatures required for their proposals to be taken into consideration by the EU Commission. That the...
Elisa Lironi presents the European Citizens' Initiative Forum
13-04-2018
An online platform to support ECIs
At ECI Day this week, the European Commission announced the launch of a new online platform to support organisers of European Citizens' Initiatives. The platform has the ambitious goal of getting more ECIs across the one million signatures finish line, by offering professional...
First Vice-President of the EU Commission Frans Timmermans, Irini Pari and Georges Dassis
13-04-2018
Under construction: the ECI
This year's European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) Day showed once again that the world's first and only transnational tool of direct democracy is very much a work in progress. Daniela Vancic, European Programme Manager at Democracy International glances ahead at the upcoming...
Save the Dutch Referendum
19-03-2018
How the Dutch government is trying to delete the referendum law
Having entered into force barely 3 years ago, the Dutch Referendum law is now under threat. The newly elected Government wants to abolish the law and have had their first succes when their Repeal Law passed the Dutch Lower House last month. Arjen Nijeboer, Democracy...
Arturo Maltonado
19-03-2018
The missed opportunity of direct demoracy in Peru
After almost a century of politically and economically turbulent times, Peru has re-established democratic governance since 2001. In the 1980s, the country was dominated by the terror of the' Shining Path'. In the 1990s it suffered from hyperinflation. And while during the...
Political Culture and Active Citizenship Symposium
19-03-2018
What drives citizen participation?
For seven years, Dr Klaus Hofmann has been researching legal instruments of direct democracy worldwide for the Navigator for Direct Democracy. Throughout his research, he found that many countries actually have mechanisms...
Elisa Lironis presentation of an EU pilot on air pollution
08-03-2018
Crowdsourcing is a step forward in citizen participation
This year's Digital Democracy Day, initiated by ECAS, focused on the question of how crowdsourcing can improve and simplify citizen participation at both local and EU level. By Melissa Ihlow

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