As this is my first post on this blog, I feel the need to write a small introduction.
I started the ECI 4 ALL project with two goals in mind: first, to help all those struggling with the tedious process of organizing an ECI (European Citizens’ Initiative). Also, as the Online Collection System for ECI is the only tool available so far, my goal will also be to develop a new tool to provide an alternative to the current OCS implementation. What qualifies me to do these things? Well, first of all I have been closely monitoring the ECI project from its inception phase. I have seen some good ideas, some bad ideas and some good ideas gone bad. I have dealt with a lot of NGOs, here in Luxembourg as well as in Brussels and Strasbourg. Also, I have over 20 years of hands-on software developing experience (most of which spent developing web applications). And most importantly, I have the ability to learn from mistakes (mine and those of others).
Ok, enough introduction already.
Let’s get to business and let’s talk about ECI and OCS. As you all now, last year on April Fools’ Day the Commission unveiled the European Citizens’ Initiative website to the public. “Fraternité 2020 – Mobility. Progress. Europe” was the first ever registered ECI (9th of May 2012). In the following months a bunch of initiatives have already been registered. Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said: