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  • In the opinion, the EESC:

    • calls for a strategy for civil dialogue, resulting in an action plan, and potentially an interinstitutional agreement among EU institutions for improved civil dialogue facilitated by the EESC;


    • advocates for making Article 11 TEU effective by strengthening actors in the different EU institutions dealing with civil dialogue and create an annual civil dialogue scoreboard tracing the EU's engagement with civil society, and an accreditation mechanism for CSOs;


    • reiterates that the EESC should be at the centre of civil society consultation and civil dialogue in general and calls for a stronger role for the Committee in participatory democracy, including being a potential hub for citizen panels.
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    In a debate with Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Šuica, the EESC called for a strategy on civil dialogue as a first step towards strengthening the role of civil society and increasing citizen participation in EU policy-making

  • In a recent public hearing, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) examined the European Commission’s Defence of Democracy Package aimed at increasing the transparency of interest representation, reinforcing the resilience of elections and improving civil and civic participation. Representatives of civil society supported the overall spirit of the proposal but raised concerns about the narrow focus of the Directive on foreign influence and its potential repercussions on civic space in Europe.

  • Transparency International EU and Generation Climate Europe have now joined the EESC's network of European civil society organisations working to shape EU laws

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    Europeans need to know how EU decisions affect their lives if campaigns to boost voter turnout are to have any real effect. Messages need to be tailored to each EU country and barriers preventing young people from entering politics need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

  • The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), in partnership with the Economic and Social Council of the Slovak Republic, will hold its annual civil society communication seminar – #ConnectingEU2023 – on 23-24 November 2023. This year's theme is "European elections 2024: Why vote?"

  • Despite being recognised as a constitutional principle of the EU, participatory democracy in Europe is still largely unstructured, with no formal institutional agreements that would allow citizens and civil society organisations to directly contribute to the development of EU policies


  • Civil society organisations (CSOs) must be recognised, involved and supported as partners that defend and strengthen European democracy and contribute to a functioning rule of law culture.

  • Conference on 'Civil society organisations defending and strengthening European democracy' organised by the EESC's Civil Society Organisations' Group

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    Euroopan talous- ja sosiaalikomitea (ETSK) isännöi 23.–24. maaliskuuta 14. ”Sinun Eurooppasi, sinun mielipiteesi” -tapahtumaa, joka toi Brysseliin 105 opiskelijaa 35 koulusta EU:n 27 jäsenvaltiosta ja seitsemästä ehdokasmaasta. Lukuisat yhteiskunnalliset ja taloudelliset haasteet, kansalaisyhteiskunnan toimintamahdollisuuksien kaventuminen sekä rauhaan ja perusoikeuksiin kohdistuvat uhat huomioon ottaen tämänvuotisen konferenssin aiheeksi oli valittu nuorten demokratiavuoropuhelut. Konferenssin tavoitteena oli varmistaa, että nuoret saavat äänensä kuuluville Euroopan tulevaisuutta muovattaessa. Opiskelijoiden suositukset esitetään Euroopan unionin toimielimille ja korkean tason eurooppalaisille poliittisille päättäjille kesäkuussa 2023.