The European Citizens’ Initiative and the Promise of Participatory Democracy – Brussels – june 16, 2015

2015 June 16 @ 09:00 – 13:00
Press room, Council of the EU
Wetstraat 175
1000 Brussel
pre registration required

ec-counsilAs you remember, the European Movement for Basic Income got together in order to organise one of the very first European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). Although we suffered from many troubles using this democratic tool, we still believe in its purpose. The ECI should exist and must be reinforced. Today, the continuation of this democratic instrument is at stake!

Join us at this conference and let’s shake EU policymakers, let’s save the European Citizens’ Initiative!


The ECI Campaign is delighted to invite you to a half-day conference on the European Citizens’ Initiative co-organised with the General Secretariat of the Council and the Latvian Presidency of the Council. It will take place in the main Council building on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 from 9:00 – 13:00. This is the first public ECI-related event to be held in the Council.

  • What: “The European Citizens’ Initiative and the Promise of Participatory Democracy”
  • When: Tuesday 16 June 2015 from 9:00 – 13:00
  • Where: Press room, Council of the EU, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 175, 1048 Brussels

High level policy makers, representatives from the EU institutions, campaigners and experts in public participation will discuss the history, challenges and potentials of the ECI. Specifically, this event will:

  • Quickly bring those new to the ECI up-to-date on its history, design and problems encountered in its use by campaigners, national governments and EU institutions.
  • Identify areas where the ECI could be simplified and strengthened, to the benefit of all parties involved.
  • Place the ECI in the broader context of European democracy and growing demands from citizens throughout Europe for more participation in public policy, including via digital platforms.

This conference is free and open to the public. However, pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, visit:

This event is supported by the European Economic and Social Committee, as well as AEGEE Europe-European Students’ Forum, Citizens for Europe, Democracy International, European Civic Forum, European Citizen Action Service, European Youth Forum and Initiative & Referendum Institute Europe.