Civil Society Days

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The Civil Society Days event is a symbol of the cooperation between the EESC and the members of the Liaison Group representing European civil society organisations and networks.

This initiative contributes to assert the Committee as a special partner for those organisations and networks on issues of common interest such as that of "dialogue and participation" in the light or Article 11 of the treaty on the European Union.

It also aims at enhancing the added value of political dialogue between the Committee and European civil society organisations and networks in the context of establishing genuine structured civil dialogue between such organisations and networks and the European institutions.

The overall objective of the Civil Society Days event is therefore to highlight the contribution civil society organisations are making to the building of a European Union which is more in tune with citizens' aspirations.

It also allows asserting their role in fostering greater involvement by civil society in the European project at all levels, and thus in increasing the democratic legitimacy of EU action and institutions, as an adjunct to representative democracy.

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    Living together in our Europe
    Brussels, Belgium

    The Civil Society Days are a symbol of the cooperation between the EESC and the members of the Liaison Group representing European civil society organisations and networks.

    This year, it will focus on migration and on how Europe can be made more open and adapt to what needs to be seen as a structural change.

    In a time in which news relate daily crisis and problems to which we are obviously not prepared, it is clear that Europe must move from management by crisis to management by foresight and anticipation. Europe must cast on this phenomena and problems a wider and deeper vision, based on an open debate and a reflexion rooted in our common values and capable of frankly coping with the problems that our societies face.


  • Civil dialogue: a tool for better legislation in the general interest
    Conference - EESC, 99 rue Belliard, Brussels, Belgium

    The 2015 edition of the Civil Society Day, entitled "Civil dialogue: a tool for better legislation in the general interest" will try to set up principles and guidelines for a permanent and structured civil dialogue at European level. The works of the conference will be based on the Road Map that was adopted at the NGO Forum in Riga in March 2015 and will focus on how to implement it through specific actions.


  • Beyond agendas and manifestos: What Europe for us?
    EESC, 99 rue Belliard, Brussels, Belgium

    This year edition, whose title will be "Beyond agendas and manifestos: what Europe for us?", was focused on the expectations of European citizens and organisations on Europe, as concerns economy, social dimension and active European Citizenship.


  • As European as we can get! Bringing economy, solidarity and democracy together
    Brussels, Belgium
    The purpose of Civil Society Day 2013 is to illustrate how European citizenship can best be conceived and achieved if tied in with the economic, social and civic life of the European project and the policies that underpin it. Beyond the lofty ideals that have been proclaimed for decades, it is actually in people's daily lives that active European citizenship must constantly renew itself and assert its relevance.

  • Democracy in Europe: where do we stand? A civil society perspective

    The 2012 Civil Society Day addressed the challenges of democracy in Europe in a context of financial, economic and social crisis and the issue of participatory democracy and civil dialogue in a concrete way.

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