Welcome to the European Citizens' House!
- Wednesday, 16 May 2012
- By Louis P.
You have more European rights and more ways to claim them than you imagine.
When the EU Institutions take decisions and the 27 Member States apply them, they are bound by a Charter of Fundamental Rights. And, for the first time, Europeans have a right to take transnational democratic initiatives: over one million citizens can demand a new EU law.
There is often though a gap between the fine principles of European law and how it is actually applied on the ground. There is no clear European citizens’ charter of enforceable rights. Communication about the ways to enforce rights is also scattered across different Institutions and departments.
That is why we are bringing everything together in a one-stop shop.
Citizenshouse.eu is a 360 degree resource by citizens for citizens to learn, share and engage. It is part of a bigger project aimed at creating a virtual and physical European Civil Society House (ECSH) in order to bridge the gap between citizens and the EU Institutions in the interests of both. Among all the prestigious institutional buildings, agencies and 15,000 lobbyists round the EU, citizens should have their own space.
The team behind the one stop shop are there to help solve problems and take on serious violations of European rights. It has been created and is maintained by the European Citizen Action Service a Brussels-based international non-profit organization, independent of political parties, commercial interests and the EU Institutions. Its mission is to enable NGOs and individuals to make their voice heard with the EU by providing advice on how to lobby, fundraise, and defend European citizenship rights.
Oh, and...we designed and developed the website – you ought to take a look! We LOVE it ;-)