EESC Diversity Europe Group debates on how to regain citizens' trust and confidence in the EU

On 20 July our Group kick-started its contribution to the EESC 2018-2019 Roadmap 'From Cracow to Sibiu and beyond' with its structured brainstorming session Regaining citizens' trust and confidence in the EU

This project was launched by the Enlarged Presidency in Cracow, calling on all EESC bodies  - the three Groups, the Sections, Observatories and temporary groups to define their communication on Europe. 

This event raised the following core questions which led to lively debates: 

  • What should be the EU's overarching/horizontal priorities?
  • How to regain citizens' trust and confidence: promoting an effective social policy, combatting poverty, social exclusion and defending a just migration system? 
  • How to stimulate balanced economic growth and protect rights? 
  • How to deliver a sustainable environment in partnership? 
  • How to effectively promote and communicate Europe, whilst allaying security and populist fears? 
  • What else do Europeans want and how could the EU deliver?

Many ideas related to youth, sustainable development, SMEs, peace, fundamental rights, the liberal professions, new forms of cooperation, rule setting, transparency, social innovation and communication on Europe were highlighted during the debates. 

The next steps imply reworking the concrete recommendations tabled during this session into a full list of priorities

Stay tuned to learn more about the outcomes of this session and the main recommendations of the Diversity Europe Group! 

Work organisation


Programme of the structured brainstorming session
Building a Sustainable Future of Peace, Democracy and Equalities - D. Slavova
Combatting poverty and social exclusion - S. Boland
Defending a just migration system - C. Pîrvulescu
Promoting social innovation and new economic models - A. Rodert
The role of CSOs in busting myths on the EU and in fighting disinformation - P. Trantina
Recommendations - Regaining Citizens' Trust and Confidence in the EU: 7 priorities of the Diversity Europe Group