The next meeting of the Citizens' Rights European Parliamentary Friendship Group will look at proposals for the reform of the European Citizens' Initiative.
The meeting takes place on the eve of the publication of an important report by the European Parliaments Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Commission's reform proposals for the ECI.
We are delighted to confirm that Maarten de Groot from The ECI Campaign will be our guest speaker with a response from Mr György Schöpflin MEP , the European Parliament's ECI Rapporteur.
As well as MEPs and civil society organisations, we have invited officials from the European Commission, COREPER and the European Parliamentary Ombudsman's office to attend this meeting either as active participants under Chatham House rules or as observers.
Please confirm your attendance by RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The European Citizens' Initiative is the world's first-ever instrument for transnational, participatory and digitally facilitated democracy.
Since its introduction in April 2012, 70 ECIs have been started, 48 have been registered and 4 have been successful at collecting the required 1 million signatures. The impact of these four successful ECIs has been marginal, if one can even speak of any impact.
In September 2017, the Commission published a proposal for the long-overdue revision of the ECI regulation.
The European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee will take in a position vis-a-vis the Commission's proposal on 20 June, after which it will be voted upon in plenary and negotiated with the Council.
At this crucial juncture in the negotiations on the new ECI regulation, we want to discuss the highly important role of the European Parliament for the future of the ECI with MEPs and other interested parties and stakeholders.
The Citizens Rights Friendship Group in the European Parliament (EPFG on Citizens' rights) is a forum for civil society organisations and EU citizens to bring concerns about their rights as EU citizens directly to the European Parliament.
The Convenor of the EPFG On Citizens' Rights is Julie Ward MEP.
Membership is open to MEPs and civil society organisations working in the area of citizens' rights.
New Europeans act as the Secretariat of the EPFG.
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