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Time for Citizens to take the Initiative

Invitation to the 3rd Civil Society meeting to prepare a campaign for implementation of the European Citizens' Initiative.

The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) would allow a million EU citizens to propose a law or policy to the European Institutions for public discussion. We believe that a European Regulation enforcing this Initiative right should be introduced as soon as possible, independently from the fate of the draft Constitutional Treaty.
Many recent discussions have explored the question of how the ECI could be introduced; the institutions appear unlikely to take independent action to implement ECI at this stage. One of the most popular proposals was therefore to organise a European Citizens' Initiative calling for the introduction of this initiative right; a Citizens' Initiative for the Citizens' Initiative, or in other words, a citizens' campaign for a more democratic EU. A group of European NGOs is now ready to form an alliance for this purpose; you are warmly invited to join us now and take a role in the formation of the project.

If you or your organisation are interested in being a part of this campaign, please join us for a meeting at 14:00 on 20th of February at the Euractiv Brussels Office, International Press Centre, 1 Bd. Charlemagne. Places are limited so please inform us if you wish to attend. If you are unable to attend the whole meeting (see agenda below) you are welcome to join us for as long as you can; if you are interested but unable to come, please contact us to receive further information.

This event is hosted by Euractiv.com, the EU Policy Portal.

We look forward to meeting you there!

Robert Tesh (AEGEE-Europe)
Carsten Berg (Democracy International)
Daniel Spoel (Permanent Forum of Civil Society)

Time: 20th February 14:00 – 18:00  
Euractiv Brussels Network Office, International Press Centre, 1 Bd. Charlemagne, B-1041 Bruxelles

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14:00 Welcome, introduction of participants
14:15 State of debate, progress of the preparation of the campaign
14:45 Presentation of the two text proposals, followed by discussion and vote on the common campaign text   
15:15 The title of the campaign: Presentation of the translated titles, discussion and vote on them
15:30 Break
16:00 Organisational issues: Presentation of the main results of the campaign seminar: time schedule, fundraising, broadening the alliance, [an own legal organisation]registration as an NGO, involvement of political parties etc.
17:45 Next steps
18:00 Close