Knowledge Centre



The European Citizens' Initiative Briefing

by Bruno Kaufmann; Carsten Berg

Mar 1, 2013
2013 ECI Survey
A small step for Europe, a big step for democracy
The European Citizens' Initiative celebrates its first anniversary
Around 1.5 million statements of support, thousands of discussions and meetings, hundreds of days. The first year with the all-new European Citizens' Initiative -- the world's first direct, digital and transnational tool of participative democracy - has offered a true roller coaster ride, with many up and downs. After centuries of democratization, decades of fundamental debates, and years of political struggles, we can now look back on the first 365 days with the European Citizens' Initiative
(ECI). A useful experience indeed.