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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!

Aku Aarva

Aku Aarva

Aku Aarva is Executive Director of European Finland Association - the umbrella organisation of European Movement Finland – and leads the organisation and its members towards building a better Europe.
  • Active in Finland
Anne de Zeeuw

Anne de Zeeuw

Anne de Zeeuw is Programme Coordinator at Netwerk Democratie, where she supports the organisation as it works to develop a more participative democracy in the Netherlands, with a special focus on the role of technology.
  • Active in Netherlands
Assya Kavrakova

Assya Kavrakova

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 Belgium
Bruno Kaufmann

Bruno Kaufmann

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 Belgium
Daniela Quaggia

Daniela Quaggia

Daniela Quaggia is Project Manager Active Citizenship Network at Cittadinanzattiva, where she contributes to promoting citizens' activism to protect fundamental human rights.
  • Active in Italy
Daniela Vancic

Daniela Vancic

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 Germany
Debra Daly

Debra Daly

Debra Daly is President of European Youth Parliament Ireland (EYP Ireland) and leads the organisation on its mission to develop an interest in European issues in young people in Ireland.
  • Active in Ireland
Eleftheria Photiou

Eleftheria Photiou

Eleftheria Photiou is Communications Officer at the NGO Support Centre, a Cypriot organisation set up in 1999 to help create a dynamic, active and reactive civil society in Cyprus.
  • Active in Cyprus
Enrique Montes Pérez

Enrique Montes Pérez

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
Flavio Grazian

Flavio Grazian

Flavio Grazian is Participatory Democracy Manager at the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), where he works on developing and implementing EU projects, with a particular focus on the European Citizens’ Initiative Forum and online disinformation.
  • Active in Belgium
Iva Gjurić Smrekar

Iva Gjurić Smrekar

Iva Gjurić Smrekar is President of the Croatian organisation Lota’s Box, which was founded in 2018 to promote the values of democracy, active citizenship and equality.
  • Active in Croatia
Jana Feherpataky-Kuzmová

Jana Feherpataky-Kuzmová

Jana Feherpataky-Kuzmová is co-founder and executive director of Institute for Active Citizenship. She leads the organisation to build an advanced, functional and sustainable civil society, in which every citizen is active, critical and irreplaceable.
  • Active in Slovakia