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Last year, the presentation of president Juncker's White Paper on the future of Europe launched a major political debate on what kind of Europe we want to have, what we expect from Europe and how we see cooperation between Member States. Civil society has actively participated in these dialogues demanding a more social Europe that meets the needs of citizens in terms of decent employment, solidarity and growth.
Progressing democracy or progress in democracy?
In an era of real and fake news and so-called social networks, digital transformation and the digital revolution are infiltrating nearly every part of our lives.This affects far more than just the future of employment and industrial relations; it will determine the way that society as a whole operates. We are well aware that there is no way of stopping these developments.
Dear friends, I am very pleased that the heads of state and government at the recent Social Summit in Gothenburg adopted the European Pillar of Social Rights, which aims to give citizens new and more effective rights. There are three main elements to the Pillar:
• equal opportunities and access to the labour market,
• fair working conditions,
• and social protection and inclusion.
Adoption is ...
Reloading or revisiting
When at the beginning of the year the EPP MEP Markus Pieper launched the first initiative to question the transparency of NGOs in the EP's Budgetary Control Committee, the first reaction was the usual justification of our "raison d’être" and rejection of the suspicious undertone. For so many years many of us have tirelessly defended the idea that civil society has a crucial role to play in the European project and serves as a bridge builder between the European institutions and the citizens they organise.
Working towards a Europe of peace, solidarity and prosperity
- Civil Society Days 2017
- Civil Society Prize 2017
- European Citizenship Awards
Although the recent elections in the Netherlands and France have demonstrated that the majority of people support the European project, we cannot close our eyes to the alarmingly high percentages won by the extreme right - a fact that shows that many European citizens are disappointed by the political and economic situation and that they desperately want to see some change.
Rebirth or commemoration was the question on the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty, and once again it was Civil Society that recalled the promises made...
Over the next few months, the future of Europe will be put to the test: the elections taking place in the Netherlands in March, in France in April, and later on in Germany, will shed light upon...