In the two years since the launch of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), the first tool for transnational participatory and digital democracy in world history, we have amassed valuable learning from over 20 pioneering ECI campaigns.
In one year, the ECI’s governing rules will be up for review by the European Parliament and Council. Therefore it is time now to open the debate, raise questions, reflect on observations and share perspectives.
In this spirit, we approached ECI stakeholders and asked them to share their experiences and tell us what they think is needed for an ECI that works for EU citizens. They met in person in a December 2013 workshop in Brussels and contributed articles to the publication “An ECI That Works!”. Practical experience gives their voices strength and credibility. They, better than anyone else, know how often the ECI does not work and to what extent it needs urgent improvement.
Carsten Berg and Janice Thomson, Editors of "An ECI That Works"
Part I - The First European Citizens’ Initiatives
Experiences of ECI Campaigns
Part II - Reflections on the ECI
Perspectives from inside EU institutions and national authorities:
Issues for reform:
The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has shown great promise for EU-wide issue campaigners. ECIs have helped raise public awareness of important topics like unconditional basic income and environmental destruction. ECIs have also helped support the creation of vibrant new EU-wide networks on issues such as street safety and the European educational model. In addition, ECIs have contributed to shifts in the political dynamic around contentious issues like water privatisation and trade partnerships.
The ECI is not as easy to use or as impactful as it could be. The ECI Campaign is working hard to change this. In the meantime, we offer potential ECI users ideas for how to increase your chances of running a successful ECI campaign. “Tips for ECI Campaigns” brings together practical tips from 16 ECI campaigns on subjects such as setting goals for your ECI, building a transnational campaigning structure, effective signature collection, and more. It is designed to supplement, not replace, existing ECI “how to” guides with the hard-won, real-world experience of seasoned ECI campaigners.
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