Active citizenship action programme

Key points:

The Commission proposes to make developing European citizenship a "main priority" for EU action. The EESC sees this not just as appropriate but also urgent or even crucial to continued European integration.

However, the 2007-2013 programme has too few resources, and while the methods envisaged are tried and tested, they are insufficiently innovative to deal with the challenges of which we are even more acutely aware today.

The EESC wants to be a major player, a focal point for the importance invested in this programme.