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Luca Jahier, EESC President

Our democratic institutions today, our European political system of representative democracies are currently facing a crisis of legitimacy. Many citizens lack a sense of ownership and involvement.One manner of addressing  is to promote participation, not just consultation, which is a top down exercise.  Involvement in local debates builds trust, generates an understanding of the complexity of democratic processes and empowers citizens.

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European identity, ownership and engagement cannot be enforced top-down

24/05/2018 25/05/2018
Citizenship, Democracy & Culture in digitalised Europe

This year's Civil Society Days will take place right after the plenary session at which the European Economic and Social Committee celebrates its 60th anniversary.

The focus of this Civil Society Days will be on fostering the current debate about the future of Europe and on highlighting the role across Europe of the civil society organisations which come together in the EESC to represent "Europe at work".
In line with this twofold emphasis, the CivSocDays 2018 will address Europe at work in relation to a dimension which has permeated our everyday working and living environment and will affect and shape our future, as well as the future of Europe: the digital world.

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Introduced on 1 April 2012 by the Treaty of Lisbon, the European Citizens' Initiative is the most important instrument of participative democracy in the European Union. By collecting at least 1 million signatures from at least 7 EU Member States, citizens have the right to call directly on the European Commission to propose a legal act or modify the existing one. This Guide is to provide you with an idea of how to get involved.

Plenary session: 
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Feb 26, 2014 Mar 27, 2014

The biggest challenge now facing Europe's economy is how to sustain the recovery that is now underway. This is the main message of the 2014 Annual Growth Survey (AGS). Its adoption kicks off the fourth European Semester of economic policy coordination in an environment where growth is beginning to return and Member States are making progress on correcting the imbalances that developed before the crisis.

EESC opinion: Annual Growth Survey 2014

April 2013

Bulletin d'information du Groupe III du CESE (en anglais)


Europe III April 2013 - Newsletter of the Various Interests Group of the EESC