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The European Citizens' Initiative

Toothless Tiger - Or an Open Door for the People?


PROGRAMME
 

Wednesday 12 May 2010 14:30-18:00

14:30

INTRODUCTION
Rebecca Harms, Co-President of the Greens/EFA Group of the European Parliament


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

14:35

Prof. Jürgen Meyer, Former member of the German Bundestag as well as of the Convention on the Future of Europe and the Convention on the Charter of Fundamental Rights

14:45

Maroš Šef?ovi?, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration

14:45

Bruno Kaufmann, Director of the Initiative & Referendum Institute Europe (IRI)

15:05

Gerald Häfner, Coordinator of the Green/EFA group in the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and member of the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament

 

OPEN DISCUSSION

15:15

Introduction of the questions by Gerald Häfner

15:20

How representative shall a European Citizens' Initiative be and what should be the minimum number of Member States? (Art.7)

15:40

Which rules and procedures should be established for the collection and verification of signatures? (Art. 5, 6, 9, 12, 14)

16:20

Which rules shall apply for checking the admissibility of an ECI?(Art. 4, 8)

16:40How should European institutions respond to a successful ECI? (Art. 11)
17:10Do ECI organisers need support for setting up an initiative?
 


CONCLUSIONS AND FOLLOW-UP

17:30Eva Lichtenberger, Vice-President of the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament
17:40

Isabelle Durant, Vice-President of the European Parliament and Member of the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament

17:50

Gerald Häfner, Coordinator of the Green/EFA group in the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and member of the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament

Simultaneous translation will be available in French, English and German.
Background paper: The European Citizens' Initiative Proposal of the European Commission on the European Citizens' Initative Further information:
  • Petra Prossliner
    email: petra.prossliner@europarl.europa.eu
    phone: +32-2-28 43360
  • Stefanie Sifft
    email: gerald.haefner@europarl.europa.eu
    phone: +32-2-28 47372