This course will be most useful for current and potential European Citizens’ Initiative organisers, and the citizens actively engaged in supporting and promoting ongoing European citizens’ initiatives. The course will also be valuable for people with a wider interest in the democratic processes in the EU – researchers, students, citizen activists etc. who might not be directly involved with any specific initiative, but are interested to learn more about it as a tool for participatory democracy on the EU level, about EU law and the competences of the European Commission and woul like to broaden their understanding of how the EU works and what role active citizens may play in influencing its policy agenda.
1. Develop and in-depth understanding the areas of Commission competences in order to be able to formulate European Citizens' Initiatives that fall withing them and acquire the skills needed to manage the registration process; 2. Learn the skills needed to carry out successful online and offline campaigning, including signature collection in times of COVID-19; 3. Undersrand and manage the data protection requirements related to signature collection and other personal data management related to the European Citizens' Initiative 4. Acquire the essential skills organisers neeed to successfully campaign for a European citizens' initiatve: building pan-European support networks, fundraising, advocacy and follow up actions.
This content is offered by the European Commission. The European Commission is the European Union's politically independent executive arm. It is alone responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.