- Liaison Group Co-Chair Conny Reuter on the gilets jaunes and democracy
- EP election campaigns by our civil society members
- WTO Deputy Director General Karl Brauner at the EESC Plenary
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- EESC President Luca Jahier on the role of civil society organisations in the Green Transition
- Awarding of the Civil Society Prize to "Bread Connects" at the 539th Plenary Session
- AGE Platform's #AGEing Equal campaign // Volonteurope and EFC's European Citizenship Award // EWL and EMI's Women of Europe Awards
- Editorial by Conny Reuter on the future MFF
- VP/HR Federica Mogherini at the EESC
- Registrations of new European Citizens' Initiatives
Your voice counts on the Road to Sibiu
Less than nine months before the European elections, national and regional political events are being increasingly scrutinised to get the pulse of the European demos.
“Open societies need open borders” was for a long time our driving conviction as civil society and human rights activists. The death toll from last weekend alone stands at about 175, all of whom died in the Mediterranean Sea attempting to reach Europe while placing their lives in the hands of human traffickers. We have known this for a decade and yet the debate continues as to whether humanitarian corridors can be set up or whether we should accommodate regular migration within a legal framework...
You know how much I feel honoured to become, as the new President of the EESC, also the new co-chair of the Liaison Group, this unique body that works relentlessly to strengthen the structured cooperation between European civil society organisations and EU institutions within the EESC.
Over the years, I have always been a big defender of the role of civil society as I believe they are at the heart of any democratic system, they are the agents of change in our societies.
Two weeks ago I had the honour of opening – once again and sadly for the last time, since my mandate as president of the EESC and thus as co-chair of the Liaison Group expires this month – the ECI Day on our premises. This year's theme, Working Together, was aimed at highlighting the value of cooperation and shared responsibility in promoting active citizenship. Working together means concertation, dialogue and joint action.
Last year, the presentation of president Juncker's White Paper on the future of Europe launched a major political debate on what kind of Europe we want to have, what we expect from Europe and how we see cooperation between Member States. Civil society has actively participated in these dialogues demanding a more social Europe that meets the needs of citizens in terms of decent employment, solidarity and growth.
Progressing democracy or progress in democracy?
In an era of real and fake news and so-called social networks, digital transformation and the digital revolution are infiltrating nearly every part of our lives.This affects far more than just the future of employment and industrial relations; it will determine the way that society as a whole operates. We are well aware that there is no way of stopping these developments.