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European Citizens' Initiative

European Citizens' Initiative: How to get it started - Watch the recorded stream here

29 June 2011 from 15:00 to 18:30
European Parliament - Room A1G3
60 rue Wiertz - 1047 Brussels .

Watch the recorded stream here

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The European Citizens' Initiative is the first transnational instrument for citizens' participation worldwide. Citizens can make use of it from April 2012 on. The conference will provide information, training, and network opportunities for those who intend to launch an initiative.

If you already have an idea for a citizens' initiative, contact us in advance please. We will provide opportunities for displaying info material and for networking with people who have similar ideas.

 Contact: Anja Kretzer, gerald.haefner@europarl.europa.eu, phone: 0032-2-28 47372 




Introduction : Imperatives and challenges of citizen's participation in the European Union, by Gerald Häfner, Greens/EFA MEP, rapporteur on the ECI

Panel 1: Implementing the ECI - challenges and opportunities

Chair: Eva Lichtenberger, MEP, Greens/EFA

  • Jens Nymand-Christensen, European Commission, Director for Parliamentary and Interinstitutional Issues
  • Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann, Chairwoman, Europa-Union Berlin
  • Mag. Robert Stein, Austrian Ministry of the Interior - Head of Department of Electoral Affairs

Panel 2: Possible ECI projects

Chair: Ulrike Lunacek, MEP, Greens/EFA

  • Klaus Kastenhofer, Global 2000, and Lukas Wachter, Ökobüro: Ideas on an ECI on a nuclear-free Europe

  • Jassa Pipan, Fraternité 2020: ECI project on making European exchange programmes more attractive

  • Ulrike Lunacek, MEP Greens/EFA: Introduction to the ECIs presented at the open space

Open space
Thematic tables of related ECI projects providing network opportunities Info tables providing support for ECI organisers

Panel 3: Obstacles, requirements, and recommendations for ECIs

Chair: Gerald Häfner, MEP, Greens/EFA

  • Bruno Kaufmann, President, Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe
  • Carsten Berg, Director of ECI Campaign, Democracy International
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Joerges, Director of the Centre for European Law and Politics at the University of Bremen
  • Markus Beckedahl, chairman of Digitale Gesellschaft and chief editor of Netzpolitik.org

Sandrine Bélier
, MEP, Greens/EFA

Bus transfer to Abbey Kortenberg
Departure: Rue Montoyer/Rue de Trèves

Dinner at Cortenberg Abbey (transfer will be provided)