Elections and MEPs

Since 1979 the most common way of exerting direct influence over Brussels politics is to vote in the European elections. Every five years, citizens in the 27 EU Member States are called upon to elect Members to the 751 (although currently still 736) seats in the European Parliament. However, between elections too, Members are attentive to their voters’ concerns. Anyone wishing to initiate an ECI would therefore be well-advised to contact their representatives in the European Parliament – ideally targeting Members who work on the relevant issue. They can provide sound advice and thus help to improve the prospects of the ECI being successful.
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Launch of the Greens/EFA website on the European Citizens' Initiative

Today we start our website on the ECI. The website informs you on what the ECI is and how it works. And it gives you an opportunity to discuss your ideas on an initiative in our ECI Community Forum.

Greens/EFA conference: The European Citizens' Initiative - How to get it started

With the European Citizens Initiative set to enter into force in 2012, the conference will look at what measures are needed to ensure the ECI can start to work. Several NGOs will also present their ideas and projects for an initiative, among them are projects for a nuclear-free Europe, for more effective exchange programmes in the EU, for media pluralism, and for fair roaming. 

ECI workshop at the Green Summer University

The Green European Foundation (GEF) and the Polish Zielony Instytut organise a workshop on the European Citizens' Initiative at the Greens/EFA European Summer University, on Saturday, September 10th 2011.

Two days on the European Citizens' Initiative

The European Citizen's Initiative (ECI) is waiting in the wings and the countdown is on for more civic participation in Europe. The Greens/EFA-Group and its expert on direct democracy, Gerald Häfner (Germany), took this as an opportunity to dedicate 2 days of talks to this important topic.