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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.   

AGENDA


9:30 – 10:00REGISTRATION | COFFEE
10:00 – 11:00

OPENING SESSION

WELCOME

  • Robert Stein, Head of Department of Electoral Affairs, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Austria

Introduction on the reform of the European Citizens’ Initiative

  • György Schöpflin, Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur on the European Citizens' Initiative for the Committee on Constitutional Affairs   
  • Rudiger Boogert, Head of Unit, Policy Priorities & Work Programme, Secretariat-General, European Commission

Europe as a People’s Project: Towards a new paradigm for citizen participation 

  • Alberto Alemanno, Professor of European Union Law & Policy, HEC Paris & Founder, The Good Lobby

11:00 – 11:15

COFFEE BREAK

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

  • György Schöpflin, Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur on the European Citizens' Initiative for the Committee on Constitutional Affairs
  • Rudiger Boogert, Head of Unit, Policy Priorities & Work Programme, Secretariat-General, European Commission
  • Kinga Joó, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee and rapporteur of the opinion on the European Citizens' Initiative

  • Gregor Wenda, Deputy Head of Department of Electoral Affairs, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Austria

  • Erwin Mayer, Founder of Mehr Demokratie! Austria & Board member of Democracy International

12:30 – 14:00LUNCH

14:00 – 15:00

The European Citizens’ Initiative in practice: how to realise its full potential 

  • How to draft an initiative

Elisa Lironi, Digital Democracy Manager & Flavio Grazian, Digital Democracy Coordinator, European Citizens’ Initiative Forum & European Citizens Action Service (ECAS)

  • How to raise funds

Pieter Boeder, Communication consultant & Member of We are Europe!

  • How to look for partners

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

  • How to campaign & collect statements of support

Julia Hahn, Head of Bürgerforum Europa

  • How to communicate and collaborate better on the European Citizens’ Initiative

Yana Pargova, #EUTakeTheInitiative Campaign Manager, GOPA Com.

15:00 – 15:30

COFFEE BREAK

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

CLOSING

17:05 – 18:00COCKTAIL


REGISTRATION

Do not miss this interactive conference by registering here:


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COLLABORATION

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:

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

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 team@eutaketheinitiative.eu




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