The ECAS Knowledge Centre is an online collection of resources on two broad themes: EU Rights and Civic Engagement in Europe. It aims to help civil society campaigners, researchers, analysts, academics, advisors, policy makers and interested citizens navigate the large amount of information available in a user-friendly manner. It offers easy access to research, case studies, evaluations, papers, issue briefs, toolkits and more on the following topics:

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European Citizens’ Initiative - EU Fact Sheets

February 28, 2018

The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) is an important instrument of participatory democracy in the European Union, allowing one million EU citizens residing in at least one quarter of the Member States to invite the Commission to submit a proposal for a legal act to implement the EU Treaties. Since the application of Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 establishing detailed procedures and conditions for the ECI, four initiatives have been successfully submitted to the Commission.

Civic Engagement: European Citizens' Initiatives

Free Movement - EU Nationals

September 2, 2014

Free movement of workers is a fundamental principle of the Treaty enshrined in Article 45 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and developed by EU secondary legislation and the Case law of the Court of Justice.

EU Rights: Freedom of Movement in the EU

Votre Idée Peut-Elle Faire l'objet d'une Initiative Citoyenne?

July 30, 2014

Pour savoir si votre idée peut faire l'objet d'une initiative citoyenne, vous devez vérifier qu'elle concerne un domaine dans lequel l'UE est compétente et dans lequel la Commission est habilitée à présenter une proposition d'acte juridique.

Civic Engagement: European Citizens' Initiatives

Demandes d'Enregistrement Refusées

July 30, 2014

Seules les propositions d'initiatives qui satisfont aux conditions fixées à l'article 4, paragraphe 2, du règlement relatif à l'initiative citoyenne sont enregistrées, et donc publiées sur ce site web. Vous trouverez dans cette section le texte des propositions d'initiatives qui ne remplissaient pas ces conditions, ainsi que les réponses négatives adressées par la Commission aux comités des citoyens concernés.

Civic Engagement: European Citizens' Initiatives

What Do We Know About Migration? Informing the Debate

May 15, 2014

The purpose of this briefing note is to inform the UK's national discussion about immigration. Immigration is a matter of deep concern to millions of people, it receives extensive coverage and commentary in our national media and it is the subject of strong and intensive national political and polemical debate, both in the run-up to the forthcoming European Parliament elections and more generally.

EU Rights: Freedom of Movement in the EU

Public Hearing: Right2Water Citizens' Initiative

February 17, 2014

A public hearing on the first ever European citizens' initiative will be held by the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, in association with the Committee on Petitions, the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection, and the Committee on Development.The organisers of the 'Right2Water' initiative invite the European Commission to propose legislation implementing the human right to water and sanitation as recognised by the United Nations, and promoting the provision of water and sanitation as essential public services for all. Following the reception of the initiative by the Commission on 20 December 2013, the European Parliament will hold a public hearing at which the organisers will present their 3 key goals: "guaranteed water and sanitation for all in the EU", "global access to water and sanitation for all" and "no liberalisation of water services".They will also answer questions asked by Members of the European Parliament.The public hearing aims to provide a platform for debate with Members of the European Parliament, the organisers of the 'Right2Water' initiative and representatives from the European Commission.A European citizens' initiative is an invitation to the European Commission to propose legislation on matters where the EU has competence to legislate. The Commission has three months from the initiative's official submission to inform the citizens on the steps it intends to take. 'Right2Water' is the very first successful European citizens' initiative since it was introduced in April 2012.

Civic Engagement: European Citizens' Initiatives

Background Note on Right2Water European Citizens' Initiative

February 14, 2014

The European Parliament is holding a public hearing on Monday 17 February on the universal right to clean water, the first such hearing under the European Citizens' Initiative, which enables the public to ask the EU authorities to table new legislation, provided the initiative is backed by one million people across seven member states.

Civic Engagement: European Citizens' Initiatives

Analysis of Evidence on Potential Migration from Bulgaria and Romania

August 18, 2013

A collection of sources and data challenging claims of high Romanian and Bulgarian migration into the UK.

EU Rights: Freedom of Movement in the EU

Migration in the EU

June 14, 2013

This document focuses on migration within the EU, in the context of both EU citizens' rights of free movement and residence, and of Member States' diverse citizenship and labour migration laws. It looks into the topic with the intention of clarifying concepts and answering a number of questions: how many EU and non-EU citizens can be counted as migrants within the EU? How do migrants impact the national labour markets and what living conditions do they encounter in their new country of residence?

EU Rights: Freedom of Movement in the EU

Q&A on the European Citizens' Initiative

March 30, 2012

From 1 April onwards, EU citizens will be able to ask the European Union to introduce new legislation - provided the organisers can muster one million signatures. This new tool, known as the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI), is designed to give the public a more direct say over the EU. Parliament approved the legislation in December 2010 and the Council endorsed it in February 2011. As the Member States have 12 months to put the new rules into effect in their national laws, the first initiatives can be launched in April 2012.

Civic Engagement: European Citizens' Initiatives

European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) Question and Answer

March 30, 2012

The European Commission's response to common ECI questions. A Q&A memo.

Civic Engagement: European Citizens' Initiatives

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