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Participatory Democracy

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  • Publication Item
    Published In: 2015
    28 pages
    Your guide to the European Citizens’ Initiative - 3rd edition - September 2015

    Introduced on 1 April 2012 by the Treaty of Lisbon, the European Citizens' Initiative is the most important instrument of participative democracy in the European Union. By collecting at least 1 million signatures from at least 7 EU Member States, citizens have the right to call directly on the European Commission to propose a legal act or modify the existing one. This Guide is to provide you with an idea of how to get involved. In nine steps, it explains what organisers of a European Citizens' Initiative have to do, at what point, what the hurdles and procedures are: from the first idea to registration, collecting signatures to, hopefully, presenting your million signatures to the European Commission.

  • Document Item 18 Mar 2014 Beyond Agendas and Manifestos: What Europe for Us?

    Speech by President Luca JAHIER at the 'Euopean Civil Society Day 2014' at the EESC on Tuesday 18 March 2014

  • Opinion Item 6 Mar 2014
    Annual Growth Survey 2014 Adopted References: EESC-2013-07466-00-00-ac-tra Referral - General Rapporteur: Evelyne Pichenot (Various interests - GR III / France) Plenary Session: 496 - 26 Feb 2014 - 27 Mar 2014 (Summary Plenary Session)

    The biggest challenge now facing Europe's economy is how to sustain the recovery that is now underway. This is the main message of the 2014 Annual Growth Survey (AGS). Its adoption kicks off the fourth European Semester of economic policy coordination in an environment where growth is beginning to return and Member States are making progress on correcting the imbalances that developed before the crisis.

  • Document Item 8 May 2012 Democracy in Europe, Where do we Stand? A Civil Society Perspective Civil Society Day at the EESC, Brussels
  • Publication Item
    Published In: 2013
    6 pages
    Group III - The various Interests Group

    The presence of the Various Interests’ Group, alongside the Employers’ Group and the Workers’ Group, ensures that the Committee is a dynamic force and is empowered to give full voice to the concerns of the various social, occupational, economic and cultural organisations that make up civil society in the Member States.

  • Publication Item
    Published In: 2013
    37 pages
    Social Media and Social Networking as agents of Participatory Democracy and Civic Empowerment
    Social Media have clearly altered the nature of civil society and also have an impact on democratic and political engagement, particularly among civil society organisations.
  • Newsletter Item Issue Date: April 2013
    Europe III April 2013
    Newsletter of the Various Interests Group of the EESC
  • Press Release Item 9 Apr 2013
    Ref: 029/2013
    European Citizens' Initiative marks one year anniversary The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) today convened key stakeholders to mark one year since the establishment of the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) – the world's first direct, digital and transnational tool of participatory democracy. Organised in partnership with the Committee of the Regions, the European Citizen Action Service, Democracy International, the Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe and Euronews, the European Citizens' Initiative Day 2013 provided the platform to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the initiative and debate future improvements. Most initiatives’ organisers were on the spot and had the possibility to share their experiences and expressed their needs and concerns.
  • Speech Item 9 Apr 2013 Organisation: EESC, Speaker: Staffan Nilsson
    Staffan Nilsson's address at the European Citizens' Initiative Day 2013 The organisation of the annual ECI Day - which I hope will remain a landmark in years to come with more and more partners on board - is also clear proof of our commitment to initiate dialogue on this tool. Last year's event was only a small seminar to celebrate the launch of the ECI process, but it attracted many people. We have also supported the ECI process by hosting technical working groups on the online signature collection software, bringing together IT experts and ECI organisers to see what can be improved on (participants will hear about the ongoing work during the afternoon's panel).
  • Publication Item
    Published In: 2013
    48 pages
    Civil society and democracy
    This book argues that civil society, by which we mean associations, interest groups and the employers’and union organisations, is an essential pillar of democracy. During meetings with representatives of organised civil society, the writer has gathered a series of examples of how they have made their voices heard in the EU.

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