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2015
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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.

18/03/2014
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

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Speech by Juca JAHIER

06/03/2014
Adopted
Reference: 
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Plenary session: 
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Feb 26, 2014 Mar 27, 2014

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.

EESC opinion: Annual Growth Survey 2014

08/05/2012
Democracy in Europe, Where do we Stand? A Civil Society Perspective

Civil Society Day at the EESC, Brussels

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Speech by Juca JAHIER

Published in: 
2013
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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.

April 2013

Bulletin d'information du Groupe III du CESE (en anglais)

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Europe III April 2013 - Newsletter of the Various Interests Group of the EESC

April 2013

Newsletter of the Various Interests Group of the EESC

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Europe III April 2013 - Newsletter of the Various Interests Group of the EESC

09/04/2013
Reference number: 
029/2013

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.

09/04/2013
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

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).

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Staffan Nilsson's speeches at the European Citizens' Initiative Day 2013

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