Thursday, 13 September 2012

Assessment of the European Citizens’ Initiatives In Practice

. Conference on Friday 5th October 2012, 09:30-18:00 Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior, Vienna

Since May 2012, the first European Citizens' Initiatives (ECIs) are trying to collect their signatures to influence EU legislation. Much pan-European engagement has been seen through this new instrument over the last months. Nevertheless, significant problems with this new right have stopped the first Citizens' Initiatives from collecting signatures for months. In order to develop the European Citizens' Initiative, the Austrian Institute for European Law and Policy in co-operation with ECAS will therefore organise a conference to bring together initiators, officials, politicians, academics and interested public to evaluate the ECI and discuss the future development of this innovative instrument of direct democracy.

The conference is part of a series of conferences all over Europe in 2012, which will together take stake of the state of the ECI and best practices in EU campaigning. The experiences and success of the first initiatives will be the key for the future development of direct democracy in Europe. This event will give all participants the unique chance to directly get in contact with all those responsible for this future and will therefore allow you to directly influence the development of European democracy.

We would be happy to welcome you to Vienna on October 5th.
Registration will be free and open to all subject to availability. Click here for the programme.   

Should you wish to participate, please send us an e-mail with your name and contact details to  If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at the same address.

Source: ECAS website

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