Workshop on the European Citizen Initiative: Cibervoluntarios shares its know-how on the project Discover Our Europe
Fundación Cibervoluntarios has participated in the workshop on the European Citizen Initiative (ECI), organized by the project Discover Our Europe, with the aim of improving the citizen knowledge of this important democratic tool, that is normally little known. This virtual meeting has taken place in the french city of Pertuis and in it have intervened representatives of the eight european partners of the project. Guillermo Jiménez and Amalia Fernando Saavedra, two cybervolunteers, have represented Cibervoluntarios and citizen participation through social entities.
Since 2012, Europeans can exercise a new right to make their voice heard. By collecting a million signatures all around Europe, they can ask the European Commission to propose new legislative actions to the European Union or that it changes existing legislation. In the event, apart from the partners of Discover Our Europe, the citizens have been represented by Élodie Pouet and Françoise Veillerette, two citizens responsible for presenting two ECI in line with the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda, to protect sharks and to save bees and agriculture in the EU.
In the opinion of Claire Fernandez, program coordinator: “Discover Our Europe has the objective of offering information and fighting prejudices against Europe”. The project, coordinated by the french organization CBE Sud Luberon, was born in 2020 to fight euroscepticism and to broaden citizen knowledge and comprehension of the European Union institutions and procedures, as well as to reinforce active citizenship.
Along Fundación Cibervoluntarios and CBE Sud Luberon, Discover Europe is participated by:
Sojovem (Portugal), Drustvo Za Razvijanje Prostovoljnega Dela Novo Mesto (Slovenia), Eurocircle (France), Municipio de Pegeia (Ciprus), CICIA (Romania) and Tudas Alapitvany (Hungary).