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European Citizens´ Initiative Forum

Webinar, 'What is the ECI and Why Should I Care?', 2023

Start date: 23/11/2023 - 12:30
End date: 23/11/2023
Current status: Closed
Updated on: 23/10/2023


This webinar focused on the process of the ECI, the support tools available to organisers, and why the ECI is an important participatory democracy tool with testimonials from ECI organisers. Elise Fleury, ECI Organiser of Fur Free Europe, and Nils Kluger, ECI Organiser of Stop Finning – Stop the Trade, gave their perspective on why people should care about the ECI, their experience with the ECI as organisers and why they chose to launch an ECI. 


Webinar Agenda:

1. Introduction and Welcoming by Vasiliki Mustakis, ECAS, Participatory Democracy Coordinator 

2. Presentation by Barbara Walentynowicz, European Commission, Policy Officer  - European Citizens’ Initiative on the official procedural steps of the ECI 

3. Presentation of ECI Organiser, Elise Fleury, Fur Free Europe 

4. Presentation of ECI Organiser, Nils Kluger, Stop Finning – Stop the Trade 

5. Presentation by Vasiliki Mustakis on the support tools available to organisers 

6. Q&A with audience

7. Closing Remarks 


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

How do you launch an ECI?

Why should EU citizens care about the ECI? 

Why did you choose to launch an ECI? 

What was your experience like in launching your ECI? 

What advice would you give current and future ECI organisers? 

What support tools did you use to help launch your ECI? 

If you had the opportunity to do it again, would you launch another ECI? 



Nils Kluger, ECI Organiser of Stop Finning - Stop the Trade 

Elise Fleury, ECI Organiser of of Fur Free Europe 

Barbara Walentynowicz, Policy Officer - European Citizens' Initiative, European Commission


Platform: Webex 

Language: English 


If you missed the webinar, check out the video recording below (available in English) 


Webinar Recording - What is the ECI and Why Should I Care?, 2023
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Presentation slides

Discover the ECI - Procedural Steps of the ECI Presentation
(1.84 MB - PDF)
Support Tools Available to Organisers Presentation
(6.45 MB - PPTX)
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.
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