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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

07/03/2013
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

This afternoon we would like to make an assessment of the work we have done together and I would like us to have an open and honest debate about the way forward for this group to function in the best way possible. Thank you very much for the four contributions we received to our questionnaire. We wanted to survey all members before this meeting, but I believe this format, this space and time is also a good opportunity to assess and talk about the future prospects. It is also my last meeting as co-chair of the EESC Liaison Group.

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Staffan Nilsson`s opening remarks at the Liaison Group meeting

06/03/2013
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

This is the fourth edition of the Civil Society Day, so this initiative is rather young however with a solid ground. And let me tell you why. The Civil Society Day is the living proof of a partnership which is dear to me and to many of us in the EESC, a partnership between the EESC and European civil society expert networks in the form of what we call the Liaison Group. It is in the Liaison Group meetings last year that the civil society alliance for the European Year of Citizens was conceived and took form. This alliance is our partner for this conference and its members, European networks and national networks are here with us today.

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Flash Eurobarometer 373 - Europeans' Engagement In Participatory Democracy - Summary

Staffan Nilsson opening address at the Civil Society Day 2013

23/01/2013
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

The EESC believes that there is much more to European citizenship, and that a political system such as the EU must cultivate and strengthen the political, social and cultural dimensions of the Union. If we want people to feel truly connected to Europe, we need to develop their ability to exercise political power ("power" in the sense of participation in governance). We can develop that ability by providing knowledge about the political system and using mechanisms that allow for participation from the bottom up.

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Staffan Nilsson`s opening speech at the YourEurope2013 open space event

22/01/2013
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

It has never been so important as it is now to put citizens and European citizenship at the heart of the EU agenda. And indeed, as the title of this conference says, we must make the most of the European Year of Citizens.
Citizenship has been central to the development of the EU project; it is the very essence of our democracy; it is linked to the idea that the European Union works when we enjoy certain rights and when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations.

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Staffan Nilsson`s speech at the opening conference of the European Year of Citizens 2013

10/09/2012
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

We were all happy when the European Commission designated 2013 as the European Year of Citizens. Citizens play a central role in Europe’s future and integration. What could be more appropriate and timely to dedicate a European Year to them?

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Staffan Nilsson's opening remarks at the Liaison Group meeting

03/05/2012
Andris Gobiņš, Rapporteur of the EESC opinion
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Presentation on the occasion of the EESC hearing on Europe for Citizens 2014-2020

03/05/2012
by Prof. em. Dr. Valters Nollendorfs (Chairman of the Board Occupation Museum Association of Latvia Occupation Museum Association of Latvia)
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Presentation on the occasion of the EESC hearing on the Europe for Citizens Programme for 2014-2020 (Brussels, 3 May 2012)

26/01/2012
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

The Commission has proposed to designate 2013 as the European Year of Citizens. The year will mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Union citizenship under the Maastricht Treaty and will precede and prepare the European Parliament's elections in 2014.

The main objective of the Commission's proposal is to inform Union citizens about their rights as such. Particular importance is given to the right to move and reside freely, which is essential to enable individuals, businesses and society to benefit from the opportunities of the single market.

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Staffan Nilsson speech in hearing of the EYC_ 26.01.2012_en

21/06/2011
Regina Jensdottir (Council of Europe, co-ordinator of the "One in Five" and "Underwear rule" campaigns)
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Presentation by Regina Jensdottir (Council of Europe, co-ordinator of the "One in Five" and "Underwear rule" campaigns) on the occasion of the EESC hearing on ’Protection of children against sexual abuse’

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