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30-11-2021

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The loss of biodiversity is one of the most serious problems of our time. The ECI Campaign, an NGO dedicated to the advancement of the European...
While timely and necessary, the measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 have had an enormous impact not only on our daily lives, but also on our...
While timely and necessary, the measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 have had an enormous impact not only on our daily lives, but also on our...
It’s 2020 – which means the European Citizens’ Initiative 2.0 is here! On January 1, the new rules of the tool went into effect, making the world’s...
Q&A session with Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission ©EU/2019
On April 2, 2019, the ECI Day took place for the 8th time. It was hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and co-organised by...
The #EPForgetUsNot action in front of the European Parliament
After two long years of us reporting about the European Citizens’ Initiative’s (ECI) reform, we are happy to finally announce that the new regulation...
Save OpenECI
On 24 October, 18 democracy and campaigning experts submitted an open letter to the EU institutions, urging them to preserve the digital freedom of...
Manabalss CEO Imants Breidaks
The digital age offers new opportunities for citizen participation, but few places have these opportunities been seized as effectively as in Latvia,...
The #EPForgetUsNot action in front of the European Parliament
It’s been a long journey for the revision of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) over the last year. The ECI reform will probably come to a close...
We handed out forget-me-nots to MEPs to remind them of their duty towards the citizens who have signed an ECI
The European Citizens’ Initiative needs civil society to mobilise!   The legislative revision of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has entered...
On 20 June, the Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) of the European Parliament will cast a vote of crucial importance for the future of the...
The EU Commission's new campaign: #EUTakeTheInitiative
“Take the Initiative!” This request by the European Commission to all citizens of the European Union marks the latest development in embracing...
Elisa Lironi presents the European Citizens' Initiative Forum
At ECI Day this week, the European Commission announced the launch of a new online platform to support organisers of European Citizens' Initiatives....
First Vice-President of the EU Commission Frans Timmermans, Irini Pari and Georges Dassis
This year's European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) Day showed once again that the world's first and only transnational tool of direct democracy is very...
ECI Day 2018
On April 10, 2018, the ECI Day took place in Brussels for the seventh time, with the main organiser and host once again being the European Economic...
Minority Safepack reached 1 Million signatures just before the deadline
In a last-minute bit of good news ahead of this year’s ECI Day, the ‘Minority SafePack’ European Citizens’ Initiative announced that they had reached...
ECI Rescue Team
The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), the world’s first transnational direct-democratic instrument, is very much in the making. In spring at the...
An initial decision by the European Commission not to register an initiative against a free trade agreement between the EU and the US led to Europe-wide protests
It is a critical moment for modern democracy. In the months to come, the fate of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) - the first tool of...
Stop Glyphosate ECI
On 3rd July the organisers of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Stop Glyphosate” submitted more than one million signatures to the European...
Lukas Wegmüller
The New European Movement of Switzerland is one of the few organisations defying the current political trend to promote an accession to the European...
Commissioner Timmermans at ECI Day 2017, Photo: The ECI Campaign
On 11 April 2017, in a rare moment of positive international news for more democracy, the European Commission declared to revise the EU legislation...
Citizen Europe
On 1 April 2017, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) celebrated its fifth anniversary. The historically first tool of participatory and direct...
Maria Celeste Petrini
The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) shows a very poor track record of success: Since becoming operational in 2012, only three out of 56 presented...
Photo by Michael Erhardsson, all rights reserved
20 April 2016 is the fifth "ECI Day" taking place in Brussels. On the occasion of the one-day-conference, scholars, practitioners and academics...
The campaigners meet with MEPs in Strasbourg on 28 October
In February 2016 the European Commission declared it would not improve the legislation of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). This refusal...
The constitutional committee voting on ECI reform proposals on 28 September 2015
On 28 October 2015 the European Parliament (EP) voted with an overwhelming majority in favour of the Resolution on the European Citizens’ Initiative...
Eduardo Chagas is General Secretary of Fair Transport Europe
The newly launched EU Citizens' Initiative "Fair Transport Europe" demands better working conditions and fair pay for all employees in Europe's...
The campaigners meet with MEPs in Strasbourg on 28 October
On 28 October 2015 the European Parliament adopted a report calling for an urgent improvement of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) and...
The constitutional committee voting on ECI reform proposals on 28 September 2015
On Monday, 28 September 2015, Europe came one small step closer to its citizens. The European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO...
Gerhard Schuster
Gerhard Schuster is one of the key initiators of the "Europe 2019 Credit Initiative", a project currently being formed by people from all across...
Acticists of Democracy International
Democracy International is proud to announce that on 11 August 2015, the network of democracy activists reached its first target of 20,000 signatures...
People protesting against animal research experiments [AnimaNaturalis_Flickr]
On 16 June 2015, the Council of the European Union hosted for the first time in history an event directly dedicated to participatory democracy – the...
People protesting against animal research experiments [AnimaNaturalis_Flickr]
The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is going through turbulent days. Whether it will come out stronger or weakened we are yet to see, writes...
Woman demonstrating in Sweden. Image by Michael Erhardsson, all rights reserved (c)
Since the launch of Democracy International’s campaign “Make your voice heard in Europe”, almost 20,000 people from right across Europe have signed...
Interview with Erwin Mayer, Board Member of Democracy International
Erwin Mayer from Austria responds to our questions in our weekly series of interviews with the board. What is our motivation? In this series of...
Rat in Research for Animal testing, Image by Understanding Animal Research, public domain
The European Citizens' Initiative is the world's first transnational tool of participative democracy. But the system needs reform if it is to avoid...
The poster of the public hearing. Source: European Parliament
EU decision-makers and stakeholders met for a hearing on 26 February 2015 in the European Parliament to discuss the vital need for reform of the...
The panel of the ECI Conference in Brussels on 10 December 2014
The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is a phenomenal tool of transnational direct democracy, allowing citizens to directly influence agenda-...
Protests against TTIP in Berlin, Image: Mehr Demokratie e.V.
A recent citizens’ initiative allows Europeans to participate in political decision-making in Brussels – a tool they have used over 50 times in the...
Action day by "Stop TTIP" in Berlin on 11 Oct. 2014, Phto by Jakub Huber, Flickr
On Saturday, 11 October 2014, thousands of people throughout Europe protested against the European Union’s plans to conclude the Transatlantic Trade...
Protests against TTIP in Berlin, Image: Mehr Demokratie e.V.
On 11 September the European Commission announced to reject the registration of the European Citizens' Initiatve "Stop TTIP", which an alliance of...
Maroš Šefčovič. Photo by Audiovisual Services of European Commission
European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič has epxressed his strong support for Democracy International's fundraising campaign for an ECI App...
Michael Efler of Mehr Demokratie and Maritta Strasser of Campact in Brussels. Photo by Felix Kindermann
On Tuesday, 15 July, activists of "Stop TTIP" brought forward their motion for registration of a European Citizens' Initiative at the European...
Christian Felber
Christian Felber is an Austrian freelance journalist, book author and international lecturer. Co-founder of Attac Austria, he initiated the projects...
Smári McCarthy, Image by SHARE Conference, Flickr
Smári McCarthy is an Icelandic/Irish software developer and information activist. He is a board member of the International Modern Media Institute...
Protests against TTIP in Berlin, Image: Mehr Demokratie e.V.
Organisations from all across Europe are currently gearing up for a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with the aim of repealing the European Union’...
The logo of the ECI 'One of Us'
On 28 May, the European Commission refused the European Citizens’ Initiative ‘One of Us’, which aimed at ending the financing of research that...
The logo of the ECI "Water is a human right"
The European Commission today presented its official conclusion on how to proceed with the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Water is a Human...
Clivia Conrad and Erhard Ott of the German trade union ver.di follows the hearing
“Right2water” is the first European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) in history that has been subject to a hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels....
The logo of the ECI "Let me vote"
Until today the more than 500 million citizens of the EU had the chance to sign the European Citizens’ Initiative “Let me vote”. The petition aims at...
Today on 9th September the campaigners of the European Citizens’ Initiative “Water is a Human Right” start handing over the collected signatures to...
Democracy International supports the European Citizens’ Initiative “Let me vote!” and therefore calls upon every EU citizen to sign the initiative....
More than seven countries reach necessary quorum - Yesterday, the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) "Water is a human right" jumped over the last...
The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has been one year in practice, but neither EU politicians nor civil society organisations are happy with the...
The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) gives citizens the right to directly engage in setting the legislative agenda for the EU. Once signatures...
A European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) on media pluralism has been started this summer to address the increasing concentration of ownership and power...
The European Commission has offered organisers of European citizens' initiatives (ECIs) to host their online collection systems of signatures on its...
The pan-European campaign "Europeans for Fair Roaming" was founded in 2010 to call on all EU institutions to finally put an end to unfair roaming...
Gerald Häfner, chairperson of Democracy International adresses its members concerning problems with the online collection tool of the European...
Hurrah, The citizens can start now. They can make use of the first instrument of participatory democracy ever on a transnational level.
Today the regulation for the European Citizens‘ Initiative (ECI) enters into force and will be applicable in one year. That means that, starting on...
The ECI Campaign believes the single greatest weakness of the final ECI regulation is that member states may require their residents to provide ID...
During recent months and years, the ECI Campaign has diligently worked for a truly citizen-friendly and usable ECI — so this tool can fulfill its...

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