European Citizens’ Initiative

Description of the initiative / best practice

The EESC plays an active role in promoting the ECI and networking the stakeholders by organising an annual conference, the ECI Day, and other information seminars on the subject. It also takes the lead in interinstitutional cooperation between the competent EU administrations. In short, the EESC sees its role in two ways:
The Committee as facilitator for emerging initiatives, providing a platform for dialogue and information, bringing together the organisers involved, or hosting meetings, in its role as the home of civil society;
The Committee as institutional mentor, offering the Commission its assistance in the evaluation phase of an ECI, by jointly organising a public hearing and/or drawing up an opinion on a successful ECI in time for the Commission’s evaluation, as part of its normal consultative role.

Coordinating institution

Institution: European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

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