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European Citizens' Initiative

European Citizens’ Initiative Ambassadors

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The European Citizens’ Initiative Ambassadors contribute to spreading the word about the European Citizens’ Initiative, to fostering debate and to empowering citizens to act on causes they care about.

They come from a wide range of organisations active at European, national or regional level, and they all have something in common – expertise in participatory democracy and a common goal to encourage citizens’ involvement in policy-making.

Meet the ECI Ambassadors at online and offline events and follow them on social media!

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Alexandre Jorge

Alexandre Jorge is a Law (University of Porto) and Nuclear Disarmament (UNODA) student, and passionate about participative democracy, the EU and sustainable cities.
  • Active in Portugal
Asociacao Mais Cidadania

Associação Mais Cidadania

Associação Mais Cidadania is dedicated to work in three main fields: Citizenship, Social Inclusion and Volunteering.
  • Active in Portugal
Assya Kavrakova

Assya Kavrakova, European Citizen Action Service

Assya Kavrakova is Executive Director of the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) and leads the organisation on its mission to empower citizens in order to create a more inclusive and stronger European Union.
  • Active in EU-wide
Bruno Kaufmann

Bruno Kaufmann, Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe

Bruno Kaufmann is President of the Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe (IRI Europe). The organisation helps support the development of the European Citizens´ Initiative with research, publications, educational projects and political advice.
  • Active in Sweden
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Bulgarian School of Politics

Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza” is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, which has been training the political and civic leaders of Bulgaria since 2001.
  • Active in Bulgaria
Cristina Santana

Cristina Santana, Europe Direct Canarias

The European Information Center in the Canary Islands is an intermediary between the public and the EU in the Canary Islands.
  • Active in Spain
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Daniela Vancic, Democracy International

Daniela Vancic is European Program Manager at Democracy International and is managing their campaigns for strengthening direct democracy and citizen participation at all political levels.
  • Active in EU-wide
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Despina Papadaki, I.R.T.E.A.

Despina Papadaki is a Senior Project Manager at the Institute of Research & Training on European Affairs (I.R.T.E.A.) in Athens, Greece.
  • Active in Greece
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Dr. Yilly Vanessa Pacheco, ‘ECI from A to Z’ project

Dr. Yilly Pacheco is one of the coordinators of the Erasmus+ project “ECI from A to Z” through which she promotes active citizenship and the use of the European Citizens’ Initiative with university students in Portugal, Germany, Spain, and Romania.
  • Active in EU-wide
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Elena Danescu

Elena Danescu is, since April 2019, the Manager of the Europe Direct at the University of Luxembourg – Belval (ED-UNILU) with the aim of informing people about EU history and current challenges.
  • Active in Luxembourg
Enrique Montes Pérez

Enrique Montes Pérez, Asociación Amigos MIRA España

Enrique Montes Pérez is President of Asociación Amigos MIRA España and directs the association as it works to promote and defend human rights, peace and sustainable human development.
  • Active in Spain
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