Join our event: “A European Citizens’ Initiative for the Next Generation”

September 3, 2014 News


Please register by 18 September 2014 via or . Please indicate the full names of all attendees, age, the name of your organization and/or ECI Campaign and any other relevant information.

Dear friends and colleagues,

End Ecocide and The ECI Campaign warmly invite you to participate in a half-day workshop in Brussels on Tuesday, 14 October 2014. We will explore what can be done to ensure that the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) works for the next generation and for future organizers using the world’s first tool of participatory, transnational and digital democracy. Some of the questions to be discussed include: How to encourage more young people to vote for ECIs or even join ECI organiser teams? What are the particular challenges for youth- and volunteer-led ECIs? How could social media and online campaigning be used for successful ECIs? And last but not least, how could the ECI legislation be improved? The workshop will be held in the afternoon from 14.00-18.00 at the Mundo B (Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050, Brussels).

By 14 October 2014, the ECI instrument will have been in place for two and a half years. Meanwhile the first 21 ECI campaigns have completed their one year signature collection period, while three are still ongoing. At the same time, several new ECIs are just about to be launched. Thanks to these ECIs, we now have very valuable information from practical experience to analyze and learn from. In what has been a hard “learning-by-doing” exercise, many ECI organizers realized how challenging it is to run a successful transnational campaign in terms of management and organisation. At the same time many have noted weaknesses in the ECI rules and have also experienced problems with ECI support tools, such as the online signature collection software.

In mixed groups comprising old and young ECI organisers, interested youth, policy-makers of the EU institutions and ECI campaigners, we will discuss some of the most challenging questions regarding the future of the ECI.

The regulation implementing the ECI will be up for review by the European Parliament and the Council in early 2015. Now is the perfect time to begin preparing for this review and to develop recommendations based on the real-world experience of ECI organizers and the expectations of young people so it can work for the next ECI generations to come. We would therefore very much appreciate your presence  in Brussels on 14 October 2014!

For the organisers,

Prisca Merz and Carsten Berg


14.00 – 14.15 – Opening and Welcome

by Prisca Merz, End Ecocide and Carsten Berg, The ECI Campaign

14.15 – 15.00 – Introductions

ECI organisers’ presentations on successful ECI management and involvement of young people in their ECI

15.00 – 16.30 – Group Discussions

Topics include: Involvement of young people in ECIs (as organisers or signatories), improvement of the ECI legislation with a view to the upcoming reform, particular challenges faced by volunteers-led ECIs, social media and online campaigning. If you are interested in discussing a particular topic additional to these suggestions, please get in touch.

16.30 – 17.00 – Presentation of group discussion outcomes

17.00 – 18.00 – Closing Panel Discussion

Invited participants: Charlotte Rive, European Commission, Tina Nilsson, leading the ECI investigation by the European Ombudswoman, Anne-Marie Sigmund, president of the ECI ad hoc group in the EESC, Pascal Durand, MEP Member of the European Parliament Constitutional Affairs Committee, responsible for ECI.

No registration fee | Lunch not included

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 14:00-18:00

Mundo B, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels

This event is organized by End Ecocide and The ECI Campaign, grateful for support from the EU’s Youth in Action Programme.

Please note that this is a draft agenda, subject to change.