"ECl: From A to Z” aims to contribute to the development of EU-related hard competences and soft skills in higher education systems. Formal curricula provide higher education students with the basic framework and a toolbox to develop their professional activities, but in general the need to promote civic engagement and voluntary participation in several spheres of public life is not taken into account. The core purpose of the project is to experiment new methods and tools for learning processes that are to be applied in a collaborative and practical way (learning by doing) in which students co-construct create and launch their own European Citizens’ initiative.
The participants in the project will be, in each year, 60 higher education students (undergraduate or master students) from four European countries (Portugal, Romania Germany and Spain). These students will be involved in several learning, coaching and training activities that will promote their abilities and interest to become active citizens and to participate fully in the construction of the European project.
European Citizens' Initiative 10 years on: An ECI for the next generation
In the context of the 10 Years of the European Citizens’ Initiative celebration, Dr. Yilly Pacheco, Research Fellow from the Department of International Economic and Environmental Law, attended the ECI Day 2022 “The European Citizens’ Initiative 10 years on: ready for the future?” at the European Economic and Social Committee. The event is organized by the European Committee of the Regions, European Citizen Action Service, the ECI Campaign, Democracy International, and Bertelsmann Stiftung.
The event aimed to discuss how the ECI and other similar participatory tools have contributed to the evolution of democracy and how can the ECI be further improved to make it fit for the future. It was attended by the President of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, among other representatives of the European Union, NGOs, ECI organizers, and researchers (See the full program and speakers here).
Dr. Yilly Pacheco presented the results of the ongoing project “ECI from A to Z”, an Erasmus+ Project jointly developed between the universities of Göttingen, Coimbra (Portugal), Vigo (Spain), and Iasi (Romania). Through the project, around 200 participant students have been trained to develop skills to effectively promote more active citizenship and the use of the ECI as a participatory mechanism. Research products will also be presented at the ICON-S Annual Conference of the International Society for Public Law’s in July 2022.