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The ECI Campaign newsletter • December 2017
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ECI REVISION NEEDS POLITICAL COURAGE

Dear friends of the ECI,

On September 13th, the Commission published its proposal for the revision of the ECI. This happened after we handed over our joint petition calling for a strong reform of the ECI - signed by more than 100,000 citizens - and the meeting we had with the EU Commission’s First VP Frans Timmermans to explain our views further.

As our initial analysis reveals, the Commission's proposal includes many technical improvements. However, it fails to make the instrument more attractive and more politically impactful. A more substantial reform of the ECI is needed in order to create an ECI that meets the needs and expectations of citizens and campaigners alike. To read our in-depth analysis of the Commision’s new regulation proposal, click here.

What happens now?

From now until May 2018, the European Parliament will develop their position on the Commission’s proposal. Next, the European Parliament will enter the so-called “trilogue” negotiations with the Council and the Commission. Timmermans hopes to deliver the new legislation by the next European elections in 2019, so that it can enter into force by 2020.

The ECI is opening a new chapter in its history - a crucial moment for participatory democracy in Europe. As The ECI Campaign, we will invest all our resources into the reform negotiations in order ensure that as much of the feedback received by us from citizens and campaigners will find its way into the new legislation.

We hope that you will continue to support us, to read and share our articles, and to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. History is in the making, with or without us. Let's make our voices count!

Sincerely yours,

Carsten Berg
Director of The ECI Campaign

NEWS

100,000 signatures for ECI reform handed over to EU Comission

Together with our partners, we have met with EU Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans in order to hand over the signatures of our petition and to discuss the future of the ECI, and the future of participatory democracy in Europe. Read our report here.

Lessons learned from the Online Public Consultation

The public consultation on the ECI closed on August 16th with the great number of 5.323 responses. The Commission published its proposal for ECI revision - to the surprise of everyone - less than a month later. Both the timing of the proposal and the framing of the consultation raise questions as to how serious the Commission has taken the consultation. Read our article!

Commission proposal lacks political ambition

The Commission's proposal for ECI revision presents a number of much-needed technical improvements. However, what it fails to address is the central problem: the lack of political impact. Read our in-depth commentary on the Commission's proposal here.

How to make the ECI more politically impactful

While the Commission proposal includes relevant improvements for the preparation of initiatives and the collection of signatures, the problem of the lack of a proper follow-up on successful ECIs is not addressed. We suggest the organisation of a randomly selected and demographically balanced group of voters executing a Citizens’ Initiative Review and a plenary vote by the European Parliament on every successful ECI. Read more here!

The fate of #StopGlyphosate

The Commission has responded to the successful #StopGlyphosate ECI this week: following the Member States qualified majority position, but contrary to the ECI call for an immediate ban, the Commission renewed the glyphosate license for another 5 years. Similarly, it promised the delivery of a legislative proposal in order to enhance the transparency of scientific assessments of active substances, like glyphosate. The promise of such a legislative proposal is a novelty in the ECI's history. Read more here.
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About The ECI Campaign
 
We are independent, neutral in policy, non-profit and non-EU financed organisation working for the successful introduction and implementation of the European Citizens’ Initiative right – the world’s first tool of participatory, transnational and digital democracy. Our work is carried by the invaluable input of volunteers, like-minded partners, donors and a small coordination team. Contact us at contact@citizens-initiative.eu.
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