#EPForgetUsNot ECI DAY of ACTION Series of actions & events on Monday 18 June

2018-06-15 News

The legislative revision of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has entered a crucial phase and it is time for action! On 20 June, the Constitutional Affairs Committee will vote* on their amendments to the draft version of the updated regulation. On Monday, 18 June – 2 days before this crucial vote – several civil society organisations are jointly organising a series of actions and events. This is OUR ECI DAY of ACTION, so please join us! Find an overview of these actions and events below and the Facebook event here.

13:00 – 14:00 – #EPForgetUsNot publlic action & hand-over of open letter
17:00 – 18:30 – Frienship Group on Citizens’ Rights meeting on the ECI revision

#EPForgetUsNot publlic action & hand-over of open letter (13:00-14:00, Esplanade Solidarnosc)
During Monday lunch time, we will gather in front of the European Parliament for a semi-official hand-over of our joint open letter to relevant MEPs. The joint open letter has been co-signed by 16 ECIs and 54 other civil society organisations, and it calls upon the European Parliament to oblige itself to have a debate and a vote in plenary on every single successful ECI. The letter will be accompanied by forget-me-not flowers, reminding MEPs about the important responsibility that comes with their vote, and the duty they have towards the 9 million citizens that have signed an ECI and wanted to have their voice heard.

EP Frienship Group on Citizens’ Rights meeting on ECI revision (17:00-18:30, European Parliament)
Two days before the crucial vote in the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, we will discuss the hot topics of the ECI reform with leading figures from the EU institutions and civil society:
– Gÿorgy Schöpflin, MEP and responsible European Parliament rapporteur
– Rudiger Boogert, responsible Head of Unit European Commission
– Daniela Vancic, European Programme Manager at Democracy International
– Maarten de Groot, EU Democracy Campaign Coordinator at The ECI Campaign
The event is hosted and moderated by Roger Casale, CEO & Secretary General of New Europeans.
Find more information here. You can register by writing to Kristiana Kuneva (kristiana@neweuropeans.net) by 17 June, 19:00 CET. For those who cannot be there in person, the event will be livestreamed on Facebook.

In between these two events, there will be an informal brainstorming meeting among citizens and civil society representatives on actions related to the ECI reform. For more information about this meeting or more generally about the programme for the day, please contact Maarten de Groot (maarten@citizens-initiative.eu).

* = Find the livestream of the AFCO meeting on 20 June here. The vote on the ECI revision is indicatively scheduled for 11:40-12:30.