Démocratie participative

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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.
  • Reference number
    10/2024

    Lors d’un débat avec Dubravka Šuica, vice-présidente de la Commission européenne et commissaire à la démocratie et à la démographie, le CESE a plaidé en faveur d’une stratégie de dialogue civil, laquelle serait la première étape vers le renforcement du rôle de la société civile et vers une participation accrue des citoyens à l’élaboration des politiques de l’Union européenne.

  • 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

  • Reference number
    47/2023

    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

  • Reference number
    16/2023

    Les 23 et 24 mars, le Comité économique et social européen (CESE) a organisé la 14e édition de la manifestation «Votre Europe, votre avis!» (YEYS!), qui a rassemblé à Bruxelles 105 élèves issus de 35 écoles des 27 États membres de l’Union européenne ainsi que des sept pays candidats. Compte tenu des nombreux défis sociétaux et économiques, du rétrécissement de l’espace dévolu à la société civile et des menaces pesant sur la paix et les droits fondamentaux, la conférence de cette année était axée sur le thème des «Dialogues avec les jeunes sur la démocratie» et visait à faire en sorte que l’Europe tienne compte de l’avis des jeunes lorsqu’elle façonne son avenir. Les recommandations des étudiants seront soumises aux institutions européennes et aux décideurs politiques de haut niveau de l’Union en juin 2023.