Conference: The European Citizens' Initiative: Participation for all

Event of ACTORE, the interdisciplinary Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Antwerp in cooperation with the Universty of Antwerp’s Research group on Government and Law

20 November 2018, 9am-6:30pm, City Campus, Hof van Liere


9:00-9:30 Registration and Coffee

9:30-9:45 Introduction – Prof. dr. Johan Meeusen (University of Antwerp)

9.45-10.00 Keynote Speaker: dra. Maaike Geuens (University of Antwerp)

10:15-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-11:50 Panel session I - Theoretical and procedural analysis of the ECI moderated by dr. Marco Inglese (Freie Universität Berlin)

  • Prof. dr. Victor M. Cuesta-López - Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Dra. Maaike Geuens –University of Antwerp
  • Mr. Koen Roovers – Case Handler - Strategic Inquiries Unit - European Ombudsman
  • Prof. dr. Stefaan Van der Jeught – Press Officer Court of Justice

11:50-12:40 Roundtable and Q&A

12:40-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-15.20 Panel session II - Practical application of the ECI moderated by dra. Maaike Geuens (University of Antwerp)

  • Mr. Maarten de Groot – The ECI Campaign (NGO) and ECI More Than Education
  • Mr. André Menache – Representative ECI Stop Vivisection
  • Mr. Pablo Sánchez Centellas- Communications & Campaigns Officer EPSU - ECI Right to Water
  • Ms. Elisabetta Cangelosi – Human Rights Activist/Participant

15:20-15:35 Coffee break

15:35-16:35 Roundtable and Q&A

16:35-17:00 Closing remarks and conclusions

17:00-18:30 Reception and network opportunity 


Registration is free but registration is compulsory. Click here to register.

For more information, please contact dra. Maaike Geuens,