EM Ireland’s Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) Campaign has been running since 2010, tracking the evolution of the ECI from its inclusion in the Lisbon Treaty to its implementation across the EU.
The European Citizens’ Initiative is one of the major innovations of the Lisbon Treaty. It allows one million EU citizens to participate directly in the development of EU policies, by calling on the European Commission to make a legislative proposal.
The Consultation Phase of the ECI Campaign focused on tracking the development of this new democratic tool as it moved from the consultation to implementation phase. Here at EM Ireland, researchers followed the ECI’s progression closely to assess how committed the various EU and national institutions were to fulfilling its potential. We also worked to ensure those institutions were fully aware of our views regarding the best implementation practices for the Initiative. In light of this, on 26 January 2010 we were invited to appear in front of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs to give our views on the Initiative.
As part of this phase of EM Ireland’s ECI Campaign, a nationwide poll was conducted on Europe Day 2010, to examine the level of Irish public awareness regarding the Initiative. This public awareness was also assessed through media tracking.
The full results of this poll, along with full details of the ECI Campaign findings, are available in the ECI Campaign Report.
This Report was appended in full to the official submission of the Oireachtas to the European Commission – and a number of EM Ireland proposals were included in the final submission itself. The report was also submitted to the European Commission directly and to the European Movement International network.
In advance of the ECI coming into force on 1 April 2012, EM Ireland conducted an information campaign, providing briefings to individuals and groups about the procedures and technical details necessary to fulfil in order to launch an Initiative.
These briefings continue now that the ECI is in place and EM Ireland works with all sectors of society looking to propose an Initiative. Our links with the EM International network, as well as our expertise on the requirements of the ECI, make EM Ireland a ‘one stop shop’ of information and guidance for businesses, NGOs, civil society groups, community organisations, groups of individuals and anyone else keen to get involved in the process.
If you have any questions regarding the ECI, or if you would like to arrange a meeting to discuss your proposal, please don’t hesitate to contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.