"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.


The ECI: from A to Z is proud to present an online escape game named The Raiders of the Lost European Citizens’ Initiative. This game was developed by the ECI team in connection with the team of the project Eurilhas and is a attempt to introduce students and other users to the European citizen’s initiative in a fun and engaging way. Come and try out our escape room, by going to the section outputs, and clicking on the image. Enjoy!

The ‘ECI: From A to Z’ Project aims to contribute to the development of competences and skills among students regarding civic involvement and active participation in the various spheres of public life in the European Union, namely through the instrument of the European Citizens' Initiative.

The final event of this project will take place on 28th March 2023 (with a pre-event in the afternoon of the 27th March), at the University of Coimbra Institute for Legal Research (UCILeR), and will be entirely conducted in English (see provisional program).

If you want to learn more about the European Citizens’ Initiative and the ECI: From A to Z project join us!

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ECI documents & agenda

Time Line 2022

ECI Activities for the year 2022

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Guide on Students’ Participation and Engagement in the Project

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ECI Activities for the year 2021

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