The ECI Pocket Guide provides a complete overview of the different potential uses of the ECI instrument, offers a 10 step approach to how to arrange an initiative and includes a detailed list of constitutional foundations, legal statutes and procedural regulations on the ECI.
In preparation of the launching of this new democratic tool, numerous events will take place around Europe to offer the citizens a closer insight into the ECI’s opportunities, procedures and functions. GEF’s ECI Pocket Guide will be presented by its author, Bruno Kaufmann, in many such events.
22 March 2012 Salzburg and 28 March 2012, Vienna
Two workshops are organised by the Centre for Social Innovation in Austria with the intent to inform smaller non-governmental organisations on the topic and provide them with networking opportunities that could help the common learning of the process. A presentation by a representative of the European Commission will be followed by the possibilities to deepen the debate in working groups.
The first of these workshops will be held in Salzburg at the 22th March and the second one is in Vienna at the 28th March 2012.
27 March 2012, Falun
The opportunity for a dialogue between the citizens and the institutions will be given in an event in Falun, Sweden on the 27th of March. Interested citizens can meet, amongst others, the Swedish Minister for the EU, Birgitta Ohlsson.
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30 March 2012, Brussels
On the 30th of March, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions host a seminar called “European Citizens’ Initiative: Time to act” at the EESC headquarters in Brussels. The event will offer an interactive panel debate with European, national and regional policy makers on the democratic potential of the ECI, recent best practice examples of participatory democracy and the role of the two committees in the ECI.
31 March 2012, Gothenburg
Under the motto “from the citizens’ initiative to public dialogue” , a seminar will be organised in Gothenburg, Sweden on the 31st March. The seminar will be held by Bruno Kaufmann, one of the initiators of the European Citizens’ Initiative and GEF’s Pocket Guide author.
2 - 3 May 2012, Salzburg
One month after the ECI is launched, on the 2nd and 3rd May the 6th ECI summit in Salzburg will debate and evaluate the first effects and impressions of this new chapter in European history. The summit will explore the questions of whether Member States have fulfilled their legislative obligations, how informed the EU citizens are about this possibility, what were the biggest obstacles encountered so far etc. This summit is organised by the Austrian Institute for European Law and Policy and the Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe (IRI).
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