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European Citizens' Initiative Forum

Description

The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) Forum is an online collaborative platform that offers support to citizens when organising a European citizens’ initiative.

After the successful implementation of a two-year pilot project, the European Citizens’ Initiative Forum is now officially part of the New regulation on the European Citizens’ Initiative that entered into force on the 1st of January 2020. A new, revamped version of the Forum has been launched on the 7th of January 2020 with enhanced possibilities, as well as new features available to users. The Forum is an essential support infrastructure for citizens and organisers of citizens’ initiatives, as well as a reference entry for information and capacity-building for the European Citizens’ Initiative.

The purpose of the Forum is to provide advice and information to organisers before, during and after the process of launching and implementing an initiative. It allows citizens to learn more about the European Citizens’ Initiative through best practices and enables them to discuss EU policies and European Citizens’ Initiative proposals, to find partners in other countries, to ask for legal, campaigning and fundraising advice from experts, and to exchange experiences. The objective is to foster interaction between (potential) organisers, citizens and experts on the topic of the European Citizens’ Initiative.

Through the different sections of the Forum, citizens will:

  • LEARN more about the European Citizens’ Initiative through Guidance material and webinars;
  • DISCUSS about the European Citizens’ Initiative and their ideas for initiatives;
  • CONNECT with other citizens interested in the same EU topics and initiatives;
  • SEEK ADVICE by submitting enquires and receiving tailor-made legal, campaigning and fundraising advice;

The European Citizens’ Initiative Forum is operated by ECAS on behalf of and under contract with the European Commission and is implemented in cooperation with the following sub-contractors:

Democracy International – Germany
ProMedia – Bulgaria

Timeframe

December 2019 – December 2022

What Does ECAS Do?

ECAS is in charge of the management of the European Citizens’ Initiative Online Collaborative Platform.

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