More than just an annual exercise, the contribution of the Liaison Group to the statement of the EESC on the Commission's future work programme is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that the European networks gathered in the Liaison Group are a force of and for proposals. They are advocating their particular interest which is the general interest.
In these times there is no doubt that the EU has to deliver in order to reconnect with the citizens who too often turn away from Europe and its institutions as they hear to many times that EU is the problem and not part of the solution. After years of fiscal and financial consolidation, of drastic and austere policies in the so-called 'programme countries', after having too long time considered that everything is under market rules and competition, a new form of awareness raising seems to take place: the need to balance both economic and social imperatives. Without being nostalgic, it is just another and renewed form of social market economy. There is renewed commitment to the European social model in its different forms.