The European Citizens’ Initiative is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year and, although the long-awaited revision of the relevant regulation has not yet found its way into the European Commission’s working plan, the European Economic and Social Committee choses to focus on the positive outcomes of this new instrument of participatory democracy and on the most important aspect of any change: citizens’ individual involvement and commitment. This year the ECI Day 2017 will focus on two themes during: ECI success stories to show how some ECI ideas have actually found their way into European legislation despite not benefitting from any direct legislative follow-up; Citizens’ Participation – ECI and beyond which will investigate further various forms of citizen participation in view of their efficiency, purpose and requirements. The ECI Day 2017 will take place on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 at the European Economic and Social Committee premises. More information is available here.
Source: European Economic and Social Committee