A busy summer for the European Citizens' Initiative
It’s been a long journey for the revision of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) over the last year. The ECI reform will probably come to a close this year, but not before a busy summer of open letters, forget-me-nots, social media campaigns, and growing alliances.
Invitation General Assembly, 29 September 2018
29 September 2018
02:30 pm - 06:00 pm
Sala della Piccola Protomoteca
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Murky waters – Participation, transparency and real estate on the Belgrade Waterfront
The Serbian initiative “Don’t Let Belgrade D(r)own” (Serbian: Ne Da(vi)mo Beograd (NDB)) is changing the way Serbians think about transparency and the role of citizens in urban development projects. The initiative was triggered by the controversial 2014 “Belgrade Waterfront”,...
Bulgarian Referendum Between Capture and Myth
Bulgaria has become a highly frequented destination for EU officials and foreign visitors at large since the country took up the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union in January 2018. On arrival in the capital city of Sofia, these days a foreign visitor may...
The Irish Referendum on Abortion: a Feat of Direct Democracy?
On 25 May, the people of the Republic of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to repeal the 8th amendment of the constitution, which effectively prohibits abortion under any circumstances. The vote was hailed as a tectonic shift in Irish culture and celebrated as a victory of citizen...
CALL FOR CO-SIGNATORIES - Join the #EPForgetUsNot campaign!
The European Citizens’ Initiative needs civil society to mobilise!
The legislative revision of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has entered a crucial stage. In order for the reform to be successful, we call upon all civil society organisations across Europe to join our...
Open Letter: European Parliament, make the ECI work!
On 20 June, the Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) of the European Parliament will cast a vote of crucial importance for the future of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI).* With this open letter, civil society organisations and former ECI organisers call upon the...
Report on Milan Networking Meeting on Empowering Citizens for the Future of Europe
With only one year to go until the next European elections, civil society organisations across Europe are joining forces to explore the paths the EU can take to become closer to the citizens. On May 11thand 12th European...
"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 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’...