Knowledge Centre


The ECAS Knowledge Centre is an online collection of resources on two broad themes: EU Rights and Civic Engagement in Europe. It aims at assisting civil society campaigners, researchers, analysts, academics, advisors, policy makers and interested citizens navigate through the large amount of information available in a user-friendly manner.

At present the Knowledge Centre offers easy access to different types of information - research, case studies, evaluations, papers, issue briefs, toolkits etc. - on the topics of the EU Migration and on the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI). Resources on other topics within the broader themes of EU Rights and Civic Engagement will be gradually added.

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Feature: The European Citizens' Initiative Registration: Falling at the First Hurdle?
Dec 1, 2014
European Citizen Action Service (ECAS)
This study has been conducted by ECAS within the framework of the ECI Support Centre with the kind assistance of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

The study aims to promote a better understanding of the ECI Regulation, particularly...


Feature: Fiscal Impact of EU Migrants in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK
Nov 12, 2014
European Citizen Action Service (ECAS)
This study was undertaken to estimate some aspects of the net fiscal impact of EU migrants in four EU countries Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The report outlines the role of Fiscal Impact of EU Migrants in Selected...


Feature: Frans Timmermans: Better Regulation also for ECIs?
Oct 9, 2014
European Citizen Action Service (ECAS)
The two-week cycle of Commission nominee hearings closed on the 7th October with the hearing of Vice-President of the Commission Frans Timmermans.

If confirmed, First Vice-President-designate Frans Timmermans will be in charge of...


Feature: European Citizens' Initiative - First Lessons of Implementation
May 1, 2014
European Parliament
Upon request of the AFCO and PETI Committees, this study identifies difficulties faced by organisers when setting up and running a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI). It analyses possible solutions and proposes recommendations to improve the ECI as...


Feature: European Citizens' Initiative infographic
Jan 30, 2014
European Citizen Action Service (ECAS)
The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) infographic gives an overview of the different ECIs presented, their field of interest and the country of origin.


Feature: Evaluation of EU Rules on Free Movement of EU citizens and Their Family Members and Their Practical Implementation
Oct 20, 2013
ICF GHK; Milieu Ltd
Practices across the Union vary considerably. The time, money and efforts needed to prepare applications is highly variable, and there are frequent administrative burdens. Availability of information also varies. While some nations (generally...


Feature: Welfare Benefits and Intra-EU Mobility
Sep 24, 2013
Library of the European Parliament
"Welfare tourism" expresses the concern that individuals use the right of free movement of persons with a view to benefiting from a more favourable welfare system. The principle of free movement of persons entitles EU citizens to reside in another...


Feature: 10 Recommendations to Make a Success of European Citizens' Initiatives
Mar 20, 2013
European Citizen Action Service (ECAS)
The European Citizen Action Service calls for 10 points of reform of the Reg. 211/2011


Feature: Costs and Benefits of Labour Mobility Between the EU and the Eastern Partnership Partner Countries. Country Report: Germany
Jan 16, 2013
Center for Social and Economic Research; Central European University (CEU); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); LSE Enterprise
This study provides an overview of the situation of migrants from Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries in Germany, with this chapter particularly focusing on the labour market integration of EaP migrants, their access to social assistance and social...


Feature: Assessing the Fiscal Costs and Benefits of A8 Migration to the UK
Jul 1, 2009
Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM)
A8 immigrants who are eligible to receive state benefits are 60% less likely to claim for them than the native population -- and are 13% less likely to do so adjusting for demographics. Since 2004, A8 migrants have made net contributions to public...


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