The European citizens' initiative and the promise of participatory democracy

General Secretariat

When: Tuesday 16 June 2015 at 9:00

Where: Press room, Council of the EU, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 175, 1048 Bruxelles/Brussel

The Latvian presidency of the Council, the General Secretariat of the Council and The ECI Campaign organised a conference to take stock of the European citizens' initiative (ECI). High level policy makers, representatives from the EU institutions and member states, campaigners and experts in public participation discussed the history, challenges and potential of the ECI, a tool which has now been in place for three years.

This conference aimed to:

  • inform those new to the ECI, by providing information on its history, design and problems encountered in its implementation
  • identify areas where the ECI could be simplified and strengthened, to the benefit of all parties involved 
  • place the ECI in the broader context of European participatory democracy and growing citizen expectations for more direct involvement in public policy, including via digital platforms