ECI Day 2022
EESC, Rue Belliard, Brussels, Belgium
02 June at 12:00 am - 6:00 pm
The European Citizens’ Initiative 10 years on: ready for the future?
Ten years ago, the first Regulation on the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) entered into application, launching a new era in the history of citizens’ participation. The 2022 edition of ECI Day will mark a special anniversary of this unique cross-border instrument.
Looking back on the past ten years of the European Citizens’ Initiative, we will hear about its successes, its challenges, and what its future will look like. Against a background of multiple threats to democracy, we will discuss how the ECI has contributed to the evolution of democracy and has been a source of inspiration at local and global level.
As part of the European Year of Youth, particular attention will be focused on young people’s participation in the ECI, with a view to making suggestions on what can be done to encourage them to embrace this opportunity and make their voice heard in the EU policy-making process.
Other sessions will look at the crucial need to build a network of supportive civil society organisations for a successful ECI campaign, and we will look too at the online collection tools.
Organisers of ongoing initiatives will also take the floor to present their initiatives.
As the Conference on the Future of Europe may provide fresh impetus both to the ECI and, more generally, to participatory democracy, the event will be an opportunity to reflect together on how to make the ECI fit for the next ten years and beyond.EESC, Rue Belliard, Brussels, Belgium The ECI Campaign email@example.com DD/MM/YYYY 15