‘Forging change’? Collaboration between policy makers, academics, and civil society stakeholders at the ECI Day 2016

  • Lucy Hatton University of Warwick

Abstract

The ‘ECI Day 2016: Forging Change’ conference brought together policy makers, academics and civil society representatives to discuss how to maximise the effectiveness of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), the EU’s only mechanism of participatory democracy, within its existing rules. Since 2012 these annual conferences have brought together a significant number of interested parties to evaluate the performance of the ECI and look to its future. Through a series of workshops and plenary sessions during ECI Day 2016, participants from diverse backgrounds interacted to produce a number of conclusions that will hopefully be used to inform the future development of the ECI tool. This review focuses on how the representatives of the EU’s institutions, academics and civil society representatives collaborated to create a productive environment and reach a clear conclusion to the proceedings. This was a strength of the conference that will hopefully contribute to ‘forging change’ for the ECI, though resistance to reform from one key stakeholder remains an obstacle.

Author Biography

Lucy Hatton, University of Warwick
Early Career Fellow at Institute of Advanced Study

References

EESC (2016), ECI DAY 2016: Forging Change Report on the ECI’s Greatest Successes and Disappointments, Brussels, http://www.eesc.europa.eu/resources/docs/eci-day-2016-report.pdf, accessed 20 April 2017

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The ECI Campaign (2016), ‘ECI’S “existential Crisis” at ECI Day 2016: Commission’s Non-Action Frustrates Stakeholders’, http://www.citizens-initiative.eu/ecis-existential-crisis-eci-day-2016-commissions-non-action-frustrates-stakeholders/, accessed 20 May 2016
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Published
2017-04-30
How to Cite
HATTON, Lucy. ‘Forging change’? Collaboration between policy makers, academics, and civil society stakeholders at the ECI Day 2016. Exchanges: the Warwick Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 2, p. 219-226, apr. 2017. ISSN 2053-9665. Available at: <http://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/article/view/160>. Date accessed: 15 dec. 2017.
Section
Collaboration

Keywords

collaboration; political participation; European Union; civil society; academia; political institutions