Civil society in the EU: future scenarios for 2030 - extraordinary meeting of the Various Interests Group

By the EESC's Various Interests Group

Following the second day of the February plenary session, Group III will host its extraordinary meeting on "Civil society in the EU: future scenarios for 2030" at the EESC (JDE62).

The aim of this meeting is to present a study entitled "The future evolution of civil society in the European Union by 2030", promoted in cooperation with the Liaison Group. The study was commissioned by the EESC from CNVOS (Centre for Information Service, Co-operation and Development of NGOs (Slovenia)) and ENNA (European Network of National Civil Society Associations).

Based on desk research of recent analyses and studies, interviews and surveys, the study sheds light on the current state of play of civil society organisations (CSOs) at the national and European level. Its purpose is to examine the main challenges for CSOs and how these should be tackled. It develops five scenarios around major factors for change and includes several specific recommendations and conclusions.

The event will be attended by EESC members and representatives of European civil society organisations and will be moderated by Daniela Vincenti, Editor-in-Chief at EURACTIV. Speakers will include Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, European Parliament vice-president in charge of relations with the EESC and CoR, Paweł Świeboda, Deputy Head of the European Commission's European Political Strategy Centre, the EESC group presidents, and eminent representatives from the academic world. (ih)