02.09.2011 15:08 Il y a: 9 yrs

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.


From June 29th to June 30th 2011 different panel discussions were held to exchange opinions. Furthermore the statutes and the board of Democracy International were confirmed. The public interest was high and there was no sign of political apathy.


1) Panel discussions


On June 29th 2011 several panel discussions took place at the European Parliament in Brussels. Panels were held by Gerald Häfner, Eva Lichtenberger (Austria, Greens/EFA) and Ulrike Lunacek (Austria, Greens/EFA) who invited distinguished experts and practitioners in the fields of direct democracy and the ECI, such as: Markus Beckedahl, Carsten Berg, Prof. Dr. Christian Joerges, Klaus Kastenhofer, Bruno Kaufmann, Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann, Jens Nymand-Christensen, Jassa Pipan, Mag. Robert Stein, and Lukas Wachter.

During the event, we focused on the measures needed to ensure the ECI can start to work. Specific projects were presented and possible solutions to ECI-related problems were discussed. It appeared to us that language barriers might be the main problem to be dealt with. The questions of funding and networking were also part of the debate.

After the discussion a dinner took place in the Abbey of Kortenberg, offering participants the possibility to exchange their views and experiences and to connect for future projects.


2) Democracy International


The dinner also served as kick-off event for the Democracy International Conference. Democracy International is a global coalition for direct democracy. Its basic goal is the establishment of direct democracy (initiative and referendum) as a complement to representative democracy throughout the world.


During the conference on June 30th around 70 people from all over the world decided the statutes and voted the first permanent executive board. The NGO also presented its current projects.


Both events can be considered important contributions to the promotion of direct democracy in Europe.

Nonie, 28-09-11 20:29:
I'll try to put this to good use immdeaietly.
Velvet, 29-09-11 02:46:
That's not even 10 miunets well spent!
Coralie, 29-09-11 04:08:
Haha, shouldn't you be carhging for that kind of knowledge?!
Moon, 29-09-11 09:02:
Heckuva good job. I sure arpepciate it.
Derex, 29-09-11 09:56:
Aritlces like this make life so much simpler.
Biana, 29-09-11 12:45:
Ho ho, who woldua thunk it, right?
dshlbau, 29-09-11 18:30:
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