U-Impact is the acronym of the multi-country cross-border project “From Citizen Involvement to Policy Impact”. It is implemented by nine citizen organizations and supported by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.
The project coordinates citizen involvement with the public authorities on national and European level in eight EU member states and one candidate state in order to develop a sustainable mechanism for increased impact of citizen initiatives on the policy making process in the EU.
The project specifically targets the European Parliament elected in 2014 and aims at increasing the citizen participation in its policy making process in line with its increased power and competences in the Union.
U-Impact consist of a series of policy initiatives developed by citizens across borders in the 9 participating countries with the aim of improving important everyday aspects of their lives as European citizens and directly targets policy impact on European and national level. The aims of the project include:
U-Impact works to foster a meaningful debate with policy-makers, including the European Parliament and to build the mechanisms for turning citizen involvement into effective citizen impact on EU policy.
Partners Albania, Center for Change and Conflict Management, Albania
European Citizen Action Service AISBL, Belgium
NGO Support Centre, Cyprus
Avatud Eesti Fond / Open Estonia Foundation, Estonia
Cittadinanzattiva Onlus, Italy
Asociația Națională a Birourilor de Consiliere pentru Cetățeni, Romania
Fundación Ciudadanía, Spain
IREX Europe, France
ProInfo Foundation, Bulgaria (leading partner)