Join the next ECI hearing in Brussels Sept 15th

August 31, 2010 News

Everyone is invited to the European Parliament in Brussels and campaign for a citizen-friendly ECI. The next hearing on the European Citizens’ Initiative – this time organised by the European United Left/Nordic Green Left group (GUE/NGL) – will take place from 15.00 to 18.30 on Wednesday 15 .  For registration until Sept 8 and programme:

If you decide to participate, you need to copy paste and  fill in the registration form below. Then  send it  by E-Mail to: and

Registration Form

Deadline for Registration is Wednesday 8 September 2010

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Draft Programme

14.30 Registration/Coffee
15.00 Opening session:

Overview of European Citizens Initiative and identification of important issues

Chair: Lothar Bisky, President GUE/NGL

Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission

Alain Lamassoure MEP (EPP)

Zita Gurmai (S&D) (tbc)

Bairbre de Brún MEP (GUE/NGL)


16.00 Case studies:

What happened? What should happen? What does the ECI do or not do to make sure something happens?

Chair: Helmut Scholz MEP, GUE/NGL

Alexander Alvaro MEP (One Seat)

European Trade Union Confederation (tbc)

European Disability Forum (tbc)

Jorgo Riss (Greenpeace)


17.10 Issues to be resolved

Citizenship, Data Protection, Transparency, Financing.

Chair: Marie-Christine Vergiat MEP (GUE/NGL)

Tony Bunyan (Statewatch)

Olivier Hoedeman (Corporate Europe Observatory)

Conny Reuter (SOLIDAR)

Pierre Barge (AEDH – European Association for the Defense of Human Rights) (tbc)


17.45 Conclusions

Presentation of issues from earlier discussion

Presentation of issues raised in questionnaires

Chair: Dennis de Jong MEP, GUE/NGL

Rapporteur of the Hearing: Andreas Gross (tbc)

Response from:

Mário Tenreiro (European Commission)

Diana Wallis MEP, ALDE

Gerard Häfner MEP, Greens/EFA

Helmut Scholz MEP, GUE/NGL


18.30 Drinks reception