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The ECI Campaign newsletter – May 2017
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Finally: Commission Unlocks ECI Revision!

Take part to make the ECI work!

Dear friends of the ECI,

There is something to celebrate which happened thanks to your valuable support over the last years:

Later this year, after two years of almost complete silence and inaction, the European Commission will present its proposals for a revision of the European Citizens´ Initiative (ECI), after holding a public consultation. Check out our website for more details on this significant and positive development.

At the same time, we were able to convince the Commission to commit to the creation of an online collaborative platform that will bring together organisers, citizens, experts and the Commission in order to better facilitate the ECI process by offering support and advice on the organisation of initiatives and provide more effective visibility for the ECI across Europe. Please take part in co-creating this future platform so it can become a genuinely participatory co-creation process.

Today we can harvest the first fruits of three years of intense campaigning for a better and more useable ECI. The latest achievements are a genuine chance for us citizens to make the EU more democratic. You will find more background information on these developments in this newsletter.

For the ECI Team,

Prisca, Heike, Paul, Stan and Carsten

NEWS

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: EU COMMISSION UNLOCKS ECI REFORM

The European Commission finally announced that it would revise the European Citizens’ initiative regulation by 2017. A long overdue decision which we have been demanding for two years. Read the article »

DESIGNING AN EFFICIENT ECI ONLINE CAMPAIGNING PLATFORM 

Carsten Berg outlines how to design the Online Platform that is currently explored by the Commission could best serve citizens' needs. Read the article »

GENERAL COURT RULES IN FAVOUR OF MINORITY SAFEPAK ECI

The General Court of Justice of the EU annulled the Commission decision to refuse to register the Minority Safepak ECI on the basis of the first of the organiser’s claims. Read our analysis »

ECI Revision Documents - All in One Place

In order to be up to date with the ongoing ECI discussions, we publish in one place all the relevant documents (reports, recommendations, notes etc.) produced by different ECI stakeholders. 
Click for more »

ECI Calendar 

Stay updated on all ECI-related events. Click for more »

OUR PROPOSALS FOR AN ECI THAT WORKS!

After consultation of all ECI campaigns, we have compiled 12 recommandations for improving significantly the European Citizens' Initiative to make it fulfil its potential as a transnational participatory democracy tool.
 
Read our proposals

OUR PUBLICATIONS

An ECI that Works! Learning from the first years of the European Citizens' Initiative

We have collected views and experience from all ECI organisers and main EU stakeholders in one single publication in order to offer policymakers and citizens an overview of what have happened since the ECI was launched. Download our publication »

Tips for ECI Campaign organisers

We brought together practical tips from 16 ECI campaigns on subjects such as setting goals for your ECI, building a transnational campaigning structure, effective signature collection, and more. Download our publication »
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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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