Introduction

CitizenCentral puts a spotlight on the people behind European citizens’ initiatives over the course of six episodes. In each episode, initiative organisers and supporters tell us why their initiative is important and how they experience raising awareness at EU level. Along the way, we learn more about the European Citizens’ Initiative process and gain tips from the point of view of organisers and experts.   

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Our host, journalist Méabh Mc Mahon, also interviews different topic experts and academics to explore the issues on the minds and in the hearts of Europeans. CitizenCentral is a fun way to discover what the European Citizens’ Initiative is and how this tool makes it possible to have a greater say in policies that affect your life. 

New episodes of the CitizenCentral podcast are released in English during the autumn of 2021 – they are available on SoundCloud

The opinions expressed in the podcasts reflect solely the point of view of the speakers and can in no way be taken to reflect the position of the European Commission or of the European Union.

Episode show notes

1: Welcome to CitizenCentral: featuring ‘Fridays for Future’ and ‘Save Bees and Farmers’ ECIs 

Tune in to the first chapter of CitizenCentral to listen to Paula Reyes and Helmut Burtscher as they discuss two European citizens’ initiatives with signature collection periods ending in late-September 2021. ‘Actions on Climate Emergency’ (closing 23 September 2021) and ‘Save bees and Farmers! Towards a bee-friendly agriculture for a healthy environment’ (closing 30 September 2021) are two of the many citizens’ initiatives related to climate change and biodiversity over the years.