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[Press release] 2nd European Citizens Summit legitimises an alternative Europe

24 September 2014, Brussels – The European Union (EU) should leave behind its economic growth obsession and focus instead on more transparent and sustainable policies, according to hundreds of people gathered at the flagship European Citizens summit event (1) in Brussels. The event comes as new European Commissioner candidates are set to be questioned by MEPs next week. A recurring question surrounding the Parliament elections in May was whether and how the EU will be able to regain (...)

[Save the date] European Citizens’ Summit 2014

Beyond Europe’s growth obsession - 23 and 24 September, Brussels See also the summit’s CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS To find out more: C­ommunications Pack Website Twitter feed Facebook page Register now

Right2Water Citizens’ Initiative : A cross-party agreement on water as a human right

Three years after the Regulation establishing the European citizens’ initiative (ECI) , the "Right2water" initiative was presented on 17 February at a public hearing in the European Parliament. There was a cross-party agreement on the merits of such a positive active movement coming from citizens and so clearly expressing participatory democracy. It is now up to the Commission to come up with a concrete legislative proposal by 20 March 2014. After having received 1,680,172 valid (...)

[Press release] The first European Citizens’ Summit: bringing Europe back to its people

25 June 2013, Brussels – The last two days have seen a unique gathering of European citizens and NGO representatives from all major civil society sectors discussing how to create a fairer, more socially-focused and sustainable future for Europe. Organised by the Civil Society Contact Group (CSCG) and DEEEP (1), this assembly brought together the ultimate stakeholders of decision making, the citizens, just days before the European Council of Heads of State and Government meets in (...)

The European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA)

‘The European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA) is an open network of European and national civil society organisations willing to promote active citizenship as a core element of the European democracy in the context of the European Year of Citizens 2013.’ The EYCA On 11 August 2011, the European Commission proposed to designate 2013 as the “European Year of Citizens” to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the European Union Citizenship under the (...)

European Year for Citizens - moving to a Union for Citizens

On 23 April 2013 the European Ombudsman, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, organised a high level event to help focus on European citizens and how they can contribute to shaping the European Union. The Ombudsman was joined by, among others, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, and Maroš Šefčovič Vice-President of the European Commission. EPHA congratulates the European Ombudsman for addressing the (...)

EU long term budget- two months to go and negotiations still crawling

The Cyprus EU Presidency has been given the mandate to finalise negotiations on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). The main discussion will take place at the November European Council convened by President Herman Van Rompuy on the 22nd and 23rd of November with the aim of reaching a political agreement. Despite the fact that a decision on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) will have to be concluded in November, EU Member States (MSs) Ministers have yet to have an (...)

Citizens Initiative to repeal climate change package

In early August the European Commission admitted an European Citizens Initiative (ECI) proposal to “Suspend the 2009 EU Climate & Energy Package- the EU’s plans for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and to increase the use of renewable energy by 2020. The objective of the initiative aims to halt “further climate regulations until a climate agreement is signed by major CO2 emitters - China, USA, and India. The organisers can now start collecting the one million (...)

Transparency Register - EU Civil Society Contact Group Statement

In view of the Consultation on the Transparency Register during the first year of the implementation, the Civil Society Contact Group (CSCG) issued a Statement on the Transparency Register. The members of the CSCG have intensely discussed the Transparency Register, agreeing to commonly express their concerns and highlight recommendations to enhance transparency. Civil Society Contact Group Statement on the Transparency Register The public consultation, launched by the joint European (...)

First EU one million signature petitions released for signatures

The European Commission registered the first EU ’petitions’ (European Citizen’s initiative) for Europe’s Day - including the EPHA supported petition on the Right to Water. The right to ’petition’ (European Citizen’s Initiative) was introduced in the Lisbon Treaty. A European registry will be available with all information. Among the six petitions that were approved last week, a quarter are health-related already. It will be interesting to monitor (...)