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The European Citizens’ Initiative Week

In January 2020, the new rules on the European citizens’ initiative started to apply, making it easier for EU citizens to call upon the European Commission to propose legislation in areas that matter to them and where the Union has the power to act.

To mark the beginning of this new phase in the life of the European Citizens’ Initiative and give it a new impetus, the European Commission organised from 16 to 20 November the ‘European Citizens’ Initiative Week’ – a full week of online activities built around the European Citizens’ Initiative. Kick-started by Vice-President Jourová, the event brought together high level representatives from the European institutions, the civil society and citizens’ initiative organisers.

Throughout the week, our panellists shared their experience with the European Citizens’ Initiative and discussed:

  • How to make it better known;
  • How to encourage citizens’ engagement;
  • What makes it unique in the toolbox of participatory democracy instruments in the EU;
  • How to face the challenges brought by COVID-19;
  • What is needed to start and run a European Citizens’ Initiative.

Recordings

If you have missed-out on the event, the recordings for each session are now available (interpretation is available in FR, DE, IT, ES, PL):

16 November 2020
OPENING SESSION – The European Citizen’ Initiative 2.0: Design, Engage, Impact!  
 
17 November 2020
Session 1 – What makes the European Citizens’ Initiative unique?
Session 2 – My European Citizens’ Initiative journey
 
18 November 2020
Session 3 - Online campaigning in COVID-19 times
Session 4 – My European Citizens’ Initiative journey
 
19 November 2020
Session 5 – Launching an initiative: hints and tips to get you started
Session 6 - Communicating locally on the European Citizens’ Initiative
 
20 November 2020
CLOSING SESSION – Facing the future

Join the ECI community!

To continue the discussions, head to the European Citizens’ Initiative Forum.

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Related documents:

message_by_vera_jourova_vice-president_of_the_european_commission_to_promote_the_european_citizens39_initiative_week

Message by Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission, to promote the European Citizens' Initiative Week

Message by Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission, to promote the European Citizens' Initiative Week.


Practical information

When
16 November 2020, 10.00 - 20 November 2020, 11.00 (CET)