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The ECI Summit, Brussels, An Assessment of the first ECIs launched under Art. 47.4 of the Constitutional Treaty

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thumb The ECI Summit gathered European Citizen's Initiatives who seek to collect signatures for campaigns on improving the lives of Europeans in many different ways- only problem is that the legal framework was introduced in the Constitutional Treaty... in other words, it is non-existing. So what can they do now? And what can cafebabel, a magazine seeking to create a European Public Opinion, do for them?

Running a transeuropean campaign is nothing easy when facing language barriers, diverse cultural backgrounds and different- at best - or complex - at worse- legal frameworks. The ECI team knows this very well. In an attempt to rally forces and share best practices, the ECI Summit presented a number of current transeuropean campaigns seeking to collect as many signatures as possible. All of them would benefit from the right of initiative ECI is currently campaigning for.

The summit was therefore an opportunity to outline needs one should consider when launching a campaign for signatures:

Network mobilization Widespread and massive communication Thorough explanation of the issue at stakeMost importantly: validation of signatures.As there is no current European legal framework for the validation of signatures, it is a problem for European Citizens' Initiatives to have a resounding voice when in front of the European Commission. In June will therefore give these initiatives the possibility to launch petitions and make sure European Citizens' Initiatives have a voice despite Art 47.4 of the Constitutional Treaty resting in peace.

For more information on current ECIs, please click on the following links:, Campaign for a Europe-wide referendum on the EU Constitution, "1million4disability"