Events & Activities


  • Conference - Brussels, Belgium
    In 2013, the European Citizens' Initiative Day brought together stakeholders and organisers of initiatives in order to discuss the first year of the citizens' initiative, its first problems and successes, and prepare the revision of the regulation in 2015.

  • Joint conference organised by the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions
    Conference - Brussels
    The conference explored further the democratic potential of the ECI in Europe, as well as some recent best practices in the field of participatory democracy and citizen's participation. An interactive panel debate engaged European, national and regional policy makers and discussed the role of the two Committees in the ECI.
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    Poster of the conference
    Organised civil society has its say on the future of Europe
    Conference - Brussels, Belgium

  • Session of information and dialogue on the Intergovernmental Conference
    Conference - Brussels, Belgium
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    Poster of the seminar
    Seminar - Brussels, Belgium
    Transmitting to the European Convention the hopes and expectations of civil society organisations in the candidate countries concerning the Future of Europe: this was the aim of the seminar entitled: "Organised civil society in the candidate countries and the Future of Europe" which the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised on 30-31 January 2003.

Blogs

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  • 25 stories told by 25 active citizens

    • 11 Feb 2013
      A commitment to make life better

      “In Germany we have lots of experience of the breakdown of the German Democratic Republic, and all the trouble that it brought. I tried to apply that experience to the process of enlargement, together with colleagues from the newer Member States.”
      He argues that promoting European unity and solidarity is particularly relevant to German citizens. “Germany caused a lot of problems and suffering in the rest of Europe during World War II,” he explains. “That is not forgotten. We still have an open commitment to fulfil.”

  • Blog

    • 15 Nov 2013
      Energy in citizens hands - Considerations after a week in Warsaw

      After this week at the COP19 I go home with some optimism because there still remains the possibility that politicians are less important than they may believe. Perhaps something different is evolving on a parallel track, something which later actually could change the world for the better.

  • Blog - EESC go to Durban

    • 9 Dec 2011
      Good-bye Durban (being optimistic)
      Head of the EESC delegation, hard at work

      The Durban-negotiations may end up with concrete measures to fight climate change, or maybe Roadmaps for individual countries, or with improvements of the Climate Fund - or with just diplomatic talk and no concrete results. The final results will only be known when we are on the plane, going back.

  • Blogging from Doha

    • 10 Dec 2012
      Thoughts after Doha 2012

      In this post, Ms Slavova gives us two perspectives of the outcome of the Climate Change Conference: the disappointment of environmental advocates, but also the significant steps achieved in Doha.

  • Interviews

  • Staffan Nilsson's Comment (former EESC President 2010-2013)

    • 12 Apr 2013
      Citizens' initiative- have you signed up to it?

      For the past year Europeans have been able to exercise a new EU right: the right to propose legislation on matters where the EU has competence to legislate, on condition that the initiative is backed by at least one million citizens from seven EU Member States. The challenges and the struggles which initiators face (the online signature collection system, data protection, language barriers and different national verification requirements) are symptomatic of the state of European integration. Some may disagree, but I think more integration makes for a more democratic EU. The further the EU moves towards integration, the easier it will be to get such transnational initiatives off the ground. The European citizens' initiative (ECI) is an ideal adjunct to – and indeed a consolidation of – the EU's system of representative governance. So have you signed up to any yet? Take a look at the list of all citizens' initiatives registered here.

  • The President's blog

    • 24 Jun 2014
      Meeting with Civil Society in Malta

      <p>Europe recently encountered a turning point for illegal immigration. With a spectacular surge in the number of immigrants coming by the Mediterranean (+228% between 2012 and 2013) marked by human tragedies that have shocked the peoples of Europe, we can no longer turn our heads away from this ...</p>

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