9 April 2013: European Citizens' Initiative Day 2013, Brussels, Belgium

9 April 2013: European Citizens’ Initiative Day 2013, Brussels, Belgium

Organised by the the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), in partnership with the Committee of the Regions (CoR), the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), Democracy International and the Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe, the aim the event is, one year after the launch of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), to assess this first year, hear the experiences of organisers, draw conclusions from the lessons learnt, devise intermediate solutions to problems and start preparing for the 2015 revision of the regulation.

An evaluation study of the first year of the ECI will be presented. The morning session will focus on campaigning issues and lessons to be learned from the experiences of ECI organisers, giving them space to exchange best practices.

The afternoon session will focus on the online signature collection software with IT and campaign experts, drawing conclusions from the first experiences and making concrete suggestions on how to improve the collection system.

It will also be devoted to the results of a series of workshops organised by ECAS “[ http://www.ecas-citizens.eu/content/view/478/1/ ]European Citizens’ Initiatives (ECIs): A case for orientation or re-orientation?”.

The ECI Day will also be a meeting space for registered and future ECI organisers to meet and exchange information and experiences, and present their ECI to the media.