European Economic and Social Councils and the expectations of European civil society - 14/11/2014 - Paris

14/11/2014 Paris, France

The ESCs and the expectations of European civil society

♦ Lack of trust, democratic divide… What concrete levers do we have today to achieve greater proximity between political leaders and European citizens?

♦ The day after the renewal of the EU institutions (Parliament, Commission and the European Council President), what can be done to encourage citizens to take part more in the political debates in Brussels and Strasbourg?

♦By what means can the national ESCs and the European ESC, as places of dialogue between different socio-occupational categories but also citizen representation, contribute to reducing the democratic divide in Europe? Proposing answers to these key issues for the future of Europe is the ambition of this symposium.