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European Citizens´ Initiative Forum

Webinar 'Support tools for organisers of a European Citizens’ Initiative', 2020

Start date: 15/09/2020
End date: 15/09/2020
Current status: Closed
Updated on: 16/12/2020

Speakers: Jérôme Stefanini, European Commission Directorate-General for Informatics

Adriana-Nicoleta Mungiu-Pătrașcu, European Commission, Secretariat General

Moderator: Assya Kavrakova, European Citizen Action Service

Language: EN

If you missed the webinar, check the video recording (available in English) to learn about the support tools provided for European citizens’ initiative organisers.

Jérôme Stefanini, IT Project Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT). Jérôme leads the IT team of the European Citizens' Initiative for the last 4 years. He is responsible for the Commission Central Collection System, the ECI Organiser application and the File Exchange Service. He contributed to the drafting of the new ECI regulation for its IT aspects. Jérôme supports the organisers of European Citizens’ Initiatives and liaises with the different stakeholders.

Adriana-Nicoleta Mungiu-Pătrașcu, Policy Officer - European Citizens’ Initiative, European Commission Secretariat General. Adriana Mungiu is policy officer in the European Commission’s Secretariat-General, coordinating the communication and guidance activities for the European Citizens’ Initiative. Her objective is to make the European Citizens’ Initiative better known among citizens and empower interested organisations to act as multipliers on the ground.

Assya Kavrakova, Executive Director, ECAS. Assya is the Executive Director of the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS). She has established and guided the development of ECAS’s Digital Democracy focus area, which explores the democratic potential of ICT in reducing the gap between political elites and citizens and transforming the relationship between EU citizens and EU decision-makers into more of a partnership, thus contributing to the creation of an engaged citizenship.

Webinar Agenda

1. Introduction and welcoming by Assya Kavrakova [minute 1 to 5]

2.  Short introduction into the European Citizens’ Initiative by Adriana-Nicoleta Mungiu-Pătrașcu [minute 5 to 15]

3. The tools provided by the European Citizens’ Initiative Forum by Assya Kavrakova [minute 15 to 20]

4.  Registering an initiative by Jérôme Stefanini [minute 20 to 27]

5. Collecting the signatures of support by Jérôme Stefanini [minute 27 to 50]

6. File Exchange Service by Jérôme Stefanini [minute 50 to 55]

7. Q&A [minute 55 to 75]

In this webinar, you will find answers to the following questions:

-What supporting tools are provided to organisers to facilitate the implementation of their initiatives?

- How to make best use of the Central Online Collection System provided by the European Commission?

- How does the file exchange system work?

The key takeaways from this webinar are:

- The website of the European Citizens’ Initiative provides a great deal of information regarding the organisation of an initiative (for example explanations of procedures, regulatory framework etc.)

- (Potential) Organisers can use the Forum to get practical information and advice about the European Citizens’ Initiative.

- The organiser’s account allows organisers to submit their initiative for registration to the European Commission.

- The Central Online Collection System provided by the European Commission considerably facilitates the collection of signatures and it protects personal data of signatories.

- Organisers can use the file exchange systems provided by the European Commission to submit the statements of support collected either online or on paper for verification by national authorities.


Webinar 'Support tools for organisers of a European citizens’ initiative', 2020
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed on the ECI Forum reflect solely the point of view of their authors and can in no way be taken to reflect the position of the European Commission or of the European Union.