TAKE THE INITIATIVE: the European Citizens’ Initiative as a tool to shape Europe
TAKE THE INITIATIVE: this event will bring insights on citizens-powered democracy to Vienna for a day of learning, connecting and debating around the European Citizens’ Initiative.
The interactive conference TAKE THE INITIATIVE will be held in the Haus der Europäischen Union in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday 13 December 2018 in the context of #EUTakeTheInitiative, a campaign by the European Commission to raise awareness of the European Citizens’ Initiative as a way for Europeans to have a greater say in the policies that affect their lives.
This event will be a unique opportunity to be among the first ones to learn first-hand what changes the EU will implement to make the European Citizens’ Initiative more user-friendly and easy-to-use. You will also learn of how to coordinate a successful European citizens’ initiative campaign; and will be invited to pitch your own idea of an initiative and look for innovative activities, tools and partnerships to turn it into a campaign with an impact.
|9:30 – 10:00||REGISTRATION | COFFEE|
|10:00 – 11:00|
Introduction on the reform of the European Citizens’ Initiative
Europe as a People’s Project: Towards a new paradigm for citizen participation
11:00 – 11:15
|11:15 – 12:30|
Towards the new European Citizens’ Initiative: a vision for more citizens’ participation in EU policymaking
Moderator | Bruno Kaufmann, Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe
|12:30 – 14:00||LUNCH|
14:00 – 15:00
The European Citizens’ Initiative in practice: how to realise its full potential
Elisa Lironi, Digital Democracy Manager & Flavio Grazian, Digital Democracy Coordinator, European Citizens’ Initiative Forum & European Citizens Action Service (ECAS)
Pieter Boeder, Communication consultant & Member of We are Europe!
Dessy Gavrilova, Chairwoman of European Network of Houses for Debate "Time to Talk" & Founder and Chair of The Red House Center for Culture and Debate, Sofia
Julia Hahn, Head of Bürgerforum Europa
Yana Pargova, #EUTakeTheInitiative Campaign Manager, GOPA Com.
15:00 – 15:30
15:30 – 17:00
What is your citizens’ initiative idea or challenge you would like to work on for a greater impact?
Moderator | Yana Pargova, #EUTakeTheInitiative Campaign Manager, GOPA Com.
Pitch your idea for a European citizens’ initiative and develop it collaboratively; raise a challenge you are facing and find a solution together; look for innovative ways, activities, tools and partnerships to turn your idea into a campaign with an impact.
17:00 – 17:05
|17:05 – 18:00||COCKTAIL|
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
To prepare for the conference, you can already explore the European Citizens’ Initiative Forum, register as a member of the Forum and take advantage of opportunities for learning and collaboration:
Sign up for the monthly newsletter to get regular updates about the European Citizens’ Initiative
Visit the LEARN section for webinars, how-to guides and success stories
Visit the DISCUSS section to contribute to topics of discussion and existing ideas of initiatives
Find partners through the CONNECT section
Download videos and other visual materials at the dedicated COMMUNICATION page
The event will have simultaneous interpretation in German, French and English.
The Haus der Europäischen Union in Vienna is located at Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Wien.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org.