Civil Society Organisations' Group is the new name of the EESC's Diversity Europe Group

By the EESC Civil Society Organisations' Group

On 18 May 2022, the Diversity Europe Group (Group III) of the European Economic and Social Committee decided unanimously to change its name to "Civil Society Organisations' Group". The change of name enters into force with immediate effect.

Séamus Boland, president of the Civil Society Organisations' Group, said: "The economic and financial crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic and now the war in Ukraine have demonstrated that civil society organisations actively contribute to the resilience and sustainability of our communities. They bring solutions to challenges, defend our European values and are essential for the implementation of effective policies. Civil society organisations are key players for a sustainable future and must be recognised as such."  

Within this context, the Group has decided to change its name in order to provide stakeholders with more clarity about its composition and mission.

The change of name is especially timely, in the light of the publication of the final report on the outcome of the Conference on the Future of Europe. The report proposes strengthening existing structures to better reflect the needs and expectations of EU citizens in the decision-making process and, in this regard, enhancing the institutional role of the EESC and empowering it as a facilitator and guarantor of participatory democracy activities like structured dialogue with civil society organisations and citizens' panels.

During the 2020-2023 presidency, the Civil Society Organisations' Group is focusing its work on "Poverty and the role of civil society organisations in combatting it".

Find out more about the Group on the EESC website.