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Mariano Votta
Director

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Daniela Quaggia
Senior Project Manager
Networking

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Tel.: +39 (0)6 36718315
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Bianca Ferraiolo
Senior Project Manager
European Affairs
Representative office to the EU

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Elisa Blasucci
Event Manager

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Tel: +39 (0)6 36718210
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Sonia Belfiore
Project Manager European Affairs

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Tel.: +39 (0)6 367181
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Elenonora Di Donna
Assistant

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Giuseppe Perretti
Project Assistant
E uropean Affairs
Representative Office to the EU

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ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP NETWORK

HEADQUARTERS
Via Cereate, 6
00183 Rome - Italy
Tel. +39 (0)6 367 18 1
Fax +39 (0)6 367 183 33
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REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE TO THE EU 
Rue Philippe Le Bon, 46
1000 Brussels - Belgium
Tel. +39 3408465097
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www.cittadinanzattiva.it
www.activecitizenship.net

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About Us

Active Citizenship Network (ACN) was initiated in December 2001 as the European and international interface of the Italian civic participation organisation Cittadinanzattiva(Active Citizenship).

ACN is a flexible network of European civic organizations which are involved as partners in its different projects, addressed to encourage active participation of citizens in European policy-making. ACN mirrors Cittadinanzattiva's Italian policies, such as health, corporate social responsibility, education and training at the global level.

ACN's mission is to promote and support the construction of the European citizenship as an "active citizenship" which means the exercise of citizens' powers and responsibilities in policy-making.

ACN recognizes the prior role of national and local civic organizations in this process and advocates enrichment of the European Union subsidiarity concept by strengthening the relationship between institutions and citizens, so that institutions favour free initiative of citizens, both individuals and organizations, in carrying out activities directed towards the common good.

Active Citizenship Network is distinguished by:

  • No Brussels headquarters. The headquarters of Active Citizenship Network is in Rome, Italy and in Brussels there is its Representative office to the EU. Its activities are developed basically through internet and through meetings in different European countries. This method allows the network to be more in touch with needs and aspirations of the European citizens.
  • Partners in projects. ACN does not have a permanent nor formal membership. Instead it is a flexible network. Organizations interested in ACN's activities can participate as partners in projects.
  • Priority to nationally based organizations. The main target of ACN are national and local citizens' organizations which are the most important, but usually the less recognised and therefore the less involved in European politics.
  • New Europe, not the EU. ACN makes no distinction between citizens' organizations from EU member states and candidate countries. ACN's projects are usually directed to all the New Europe countries.
  • Global approach to civic activism. For ACN all citizens' organizations are relevant, no matter of their juridical status, size, form and field of activity. Therefore ACN promotes the participation of all types of citizens' organizations in its projects.
  • English as a working language. In order to facilitate communication and co-operation between all partners, ACN has adopted English as its working language.

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ACN and Cittadinanzattiva

Cittadinanzattiva (Active Citizenship) is an Italian civic participation movement that advocates for protection of citizens' and consumers' rights. It was founded in 1978 as a politically independent, union-free, non-profit organization which was also recognized as the consumer one in 2000.

Mission
Cittadinanzattiva's mission is to promote civic participation and to protect citizens' rights in Italy and Europe. Being a fundamental resource for democracy, citizens should be given power to play an active rolein society and everyday policy-making at all levels.

Strategy

  • Citizens' participation
    • Promotion of civic activism by involvement and empowerment of citizens' in order to enable them to defend their rights, participate in policy-making and take care of the common good.
    • Citizens as policy makers: increasing possibilities to represent the citizens' point of view in national and European policy-making; affecting the improvement of representation criteria.
    • Enhancement of "civic environment" by means of partnership: promotion of networking, agreements and common goals, lobbying. No one wins alone.
    • Production of civic information: affecting agenda, choosing priorities, comparing policy with data on the current situation of citizens' rights, which have been independently collected and analysed by citizens.
    • Communication through public campaigns, social networks, handbooks and other printed supports etc.
  • Protection of rights
    • Defending, advocating and promoting single citizen's rights (by offering daily services PIT salute, Pit giustizia and PIT servizi), as well as citizens' rights in general. Cittadinanzattiva accomplishes its commitment mainly by means of a constant dialogue with public institutions and political parties.
Fields of activities
Cittadinanzattiva is often called "the network of networks" as it operates through diverse networks organized around specific policy areas. Thus it covers the following fields:
  • Health through The Tribunal for Patients' Rights
  • Consumers' and users' rights through The Citizens' Advocates
  • Education and training through The School for Active Citizenship
  • Justice through Justice for Citizens' Rights

Since 2001, at the European and international level Cittadinanzattiva has been represented by Active Citizenship Network(ACN). It is a flexible network of European civic organizations which are involved as partners in different ACN's projects, addressed to encourage active participation of citizens in European policy-making. ACN mirrors Cittadinanzattiva's Italian policies, such as health, corporate social responsibility, education and training, at the global level.

Organization
Cittadinanzattiva counts 115539 members (individuals, associations, groups and networks). At the local level it operates through 250 "Active Citizenship" Assemblies that elect their representatives to 19 respective regional Congresses and subsequently to the national Congress.
The headquarters, located in Rome, coordinates and provides support to national and European activities.

Funding
The organization is mainly funded on a project to project basisby private and public bodies as well as through general public's donations. The primary and most substantial funding still comes from its members in terms of time, activities and services they provide to the organisation at the grassroots level.

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