Call for article proposals on the European Citizens’ Initiative

October 23, 2013 News

The ECI Campaign is compiling a publication entitled “An ECI That Works!” focused on the practical experiences of the first organizations and groups of individuals to use the new European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) instrument. Their stories will be complemented by insights of academic and topical experts into specific EU legal, institutional, data protection and public participation issues raised by the ECI.

The goal of this publication is to provide clear guidance to EU institutions and democracy advocates in revising the ECI implementing regulation, as well as national implementation rules and practical supports.

We are seeking short (400 – 2000 word) articles from experts that address topics such as:

European national data protections laws and personal data requirements from ECI supporters

For example: Are ECI campaigns being asked to violate national data protection laws? How much personal data is actually necessary to verify identify? What are the implications for free speech and privacy of the ECI personal data requirements?

EU law and admissibility of ECIs.

For example: Have the Commission’s rejection of ECIs been legally justified?  Could the ECI potentially be used for treaty changes and how might this issue best be settled? 

Actual and potential impact of the ECI on EU institutions’ attitude and behavior towards EU citizens.How responsive have EU institutions been toward popular ECIs? Is the ECI having any impact on EU officials’ attitude toward citizen involvement in the EU?

Those are just examples. Please feel free to bring in your idea and send a short (1-2 paragraph) description of the article you wish to submit to Carsten Berg at berg@citizens-initiative.eu before 14 November 2013.

“An ECI That Works!” will be published in early 2014 and build on discussions at a workshop of the same name scheduled for 5 December 2013 in Brussels.

Carsten Berg
ECI Campaign Coordinator

The ECI Campaign, headed by Carsten Berg, has shepherded the development of the ECI since it was first proposed to the EU Constitutional Convention in 2002. It worked to ensure its inclusion in the Lisbon Treaty and then lobbied the EU instiutions for a user-friendly implementing regulation. It has supported organizations and groups of individuals to use the ECI. It continues efforts to ensure that the ECI can fulfill its potential of empowering EU citizens to influence the EU legislative agenda.