The project “From
Citizen Involvement to Policy Impact” (U-Impact) built on the positive experience of
the partners in the implementation of the project “Joint Citizen Action for a
Stronger, Citizen-Friendly Union” (JoiEU) under which participants have debated
and developed policy recommendations in several areas related to European
The project, coordinated citizen involvement with the public
authorities on national and European level in nine countries (eight EU member
states and one candidate state) in order to develop a mechanism for increased
impact of citizen initiatives on the policy making process in the EU.
U-Impact consisted of a series of public debates taking place
in each of the participating countries with the participation and input of the
partners which paved the way for new policy initiatives developed by
citizens across borders.