Dear friends of the ECI,
After a year-long review of the ECI, all three major EU institutions agreed that it needs improvement. Last October, the European Parliament overwhelmingly approved a report calling for an immediate revision of the ECI Regulation. This month, the Commission turned down this request.
ECI stakeholders from civil society were surprised and deeply disappointed by the Commission’s categorical refusal to honour the Parliament’s request. Commission officials have publicly admitted that the ECI does not work as well as it should. Yet they refuse to fix it.
At this risky moment when multiple forces are pulling the EU apart, citizens need reasons to trust EU institutions and their leaders. They need assurance that the EU is democratic and will serve the common good. By refusing to reform the ECI, the Commission is telling citizens that they don’t trust them. Why then should citizens trust the EU? The smartest thing Commissioner Timmermans could do to preserve the Union is to demonstrate trust in EU citizens and revise the ECI now!
Join us in Brussels on 20 April for ECI Day as we join other ECI stakeholders to improve the ECI. Then follow us to Liverpool on 5 May for a joint activist-academic participatory event to explore the role of citizen participation in the future of the European project.
Best wishes from The ECI Campaign team.