Reasserting Europe's values

The role of civil society in protecting, promoting and reinforcing our heritage of values, looking towards the upcoming European elections

At its 12th Civil Society Media Seminar, which will be held in Athens from 22 to 23 November, the European Economic and Social Committee will look at European values as part of Europe's heritage. On the eve of the European elections, three panels will be held to discuss the challenges and burning issues in contemporary Europe, such as multiculturalism, declining solidarity, growing nationalism and illiberalism, and the question of what civil society can do to protect a Europe which upholds its heritage of values - respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law.

No better place could have been chosen for this seminar than Athens in Greece, where philosophers such as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle taught philosophy, politics, ethics, aesthetics and much more.