Dopo la riunione di martedi Marco ha lavorato a un testo da far sottoscrivere a tutti i promotori di Iniziative dei Cittadini Europei per chiedere alla Commissione di equiparare il budget speso per informare sulle ICE a quello al momento sulle campagne elettorali europee.
Questo alla luce della riunione di martedi del coordinamento in preparazione a Bruxelles.
Con Octavian abbiamo lavorato a traduzione in inglese e alcune integrazioni.
- ho riconosciuto che degli investimenti sulle Iniziative Europee pur ci sono (andrebbero quantificati) ma che non sono evidentemente abbastanza
- specificare meglio la richiesta di equiparazione
- proporre di convocare tutti i public e private media, digitali e non, per far conoscere e riconoscere lo strumento per primi a loro
Ho chiesto alla MEP Eleonora Evi e la commissaria più competente è la Jourova - ma forse potremmo mettere anche i destinatari delle ICE in Corso https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/sites/comm-cwt2019/files/commissioner_mission_letters/mission-letter-jourova-2019-2024_en.pdf
Dear Commissioner XXXX,
The European Union – rightfully! – recognizes providing information to citizens on European elections as a public service. It is essential to invest resources to raise voters’ awareness of what is at stake in such occasions. And it is even more important to help citizens understand which are the practical consequences on their lives.
In addition to this, the major part of the media coverage focuses on elected representatives and partisan politics.
Participatory democracy tools don't receive the same attention. We are aware of the investments in the European Citizens Initiative tool promotion. However, the level of attention is not the same.
The result, which is in the public eye, is that only a tiny minority is familiar with such tools. There is a small number of European Citizens Initiative that achieved 1 million signatures.
Those "successful" initiatives achieved the result relying on existent networks of organisations. Or hiring firms with a massive mailing list. On the other end, there is not such a thing as a public information service on European Citizens Initiatives. Something that enables each EU citizen to choose whether to support an Initiative or not.
As European Citizens Initiative promoters we propose the European Commission to:
1) Level the budget currently invested in the European Citizens Initiatives to what is currently invested to inform citizens on elections and on the functioning of representative democracy
2) Invite all EU public and private broadcasters, and digital media outlets to increase the coverage on participatory democracy tools and proposals, starting from European Citizens Initiatives
We would like to meet you at a public meeting to discuss this further.