European Economic and Social Committee European Citizens’ Initiative Day 2019 Isabel Caño Aguilar, vice president of the EESC Since 2012 we, as citizens, have had a tool to influence European laws. The European Citizens’ Initiative is an example of participatory democracy. With one million signatures in seven Member States, you can make a difference and address the European institutions directly. Here are two examples. The initiative to consider water as a human right and the initiative to ban glyphosate, protecting people and the environment from toxic pesticides. Both of these are now part of European legislation. This is the eighth time we’re opening our doors to talk about the citizens’ initiative. This year we’re focusing on giving the initiative a digital dimension, for example being able to sign the initiative online and making it more accessible. Be curious! This event is a real meeting of minds. Let’s share our experiences, enthusiasm and commitments. Put it in your diaries – 2 April at the EESC in Brussels.