Active citizenship is the glue that keeps society together. Democracy doesn’t function properly without it, because effective democracy is more than just placing a mark on a voting slip.
You can read here 25 examples of how our members engage in active citizenship and get an idea how you can act as well!
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Jean Monnet wrote: “We are not forming coalitions of states, we are uniting peoples!”
But after more than 50 years of constructing Europe, one can see that his recommendations have not been followed. The feeling of a common European identity is very vague. There are neither European media, nor channels of cultural exchange, nor real mobility for young people other than students.
Active European Union citizenship is therefore still an illusion today, as can be seen by the falling numbers of voters in European elections. At stake is the survival and the future of European integration.
That’s why I call on the EESC to take up the challenge of European identity and put forward concrete plans to make Europe more visible, meaningful and effective for citizens. That is the aspiration I would like to give the EESC for the coming years.