Two festivals will take place in Nicosia to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the European Citizen’s Initiative.
The first takes place in Nicosia, Cyprus at the Up to You(th) festival (in Acropolis Park) on 24 September and at the Cyprus Forum (Nicosia Municipal theatre) on 29 and 30 September, the European Representation in Nicosia has said in a press release.
“At a dedicated ECI stand, the Cypriot ECI Ambassador will help visitors understand what the European Citizens’ Initiative is,” it adds.
Citizens will also be able to learn about the latest citizens’ initiatives, take part in a quiz, share ideas via activities, and have all your ECI-related questions answered.
A member from NGO Support Centre (which is the ECI Ambassador organisation) will take part in a session on “Inclusiveness through innovation and entrepreneurship actions” on 30 September.
According to the press release, over 800 EU citizens have already started 91 European Citizens’ Initiatives in the past ten years.
In total, more than 17 million signatures for initiatives have been collected from across the EU. Over 3,800 of these were from Cyprus.
Currently, there are 11 European Citizens’ Initiatives collecting signatures on various topics, including climate change, rules on animal protection, sports, EU trade policy or banning fossil fuel advertising.
“The most recently registered initiatives include: ‘Call to achieve a tobacco-free environment and the first European tobacco-free generation by 2030’, ‘Every European house equipped with 1 kw photovoltaic and 0.6 kw wind turbines’ and ‘Protect the EU’s Rural Heritage, Food Security and Supply’,” the press release concludes.
Source: Cyprus News Agency