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Public hearing on “European Civil Society: Time for a European Statute for Associations”

Hybrid event via Interactio, online platform - Friday, 10 September 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Draft Agenda

09.00 a.m. - 10.00 a.m. | Log on to platform / Interactio testing for speakers

10.00 a.m. - 10.15 a.m. | Welcome and introduction

  • Helena de Filipe Lehtonen, EESC Study Group President
  • Ioannis Vardakastanis, EESC Rapporteur

10.15 a.m. - 11.15 a.m. | Panel I – Is a statute for associations needed at European level?

Moderator: Jean Marc Roirant, Expert for the Rapporteur

  • Sergey  Lagodinsky, MEP, Rapporteur "A statute for European cross-border associations and non-profit organisations"
  • Ann Branch, Head of Unit, DG EMPL (tbc)
  • Hanna Surmatz, Manager & Co-lead Philanthropy Advocacy, EFC
  • Alexandrina Najmowicz, Secretary General of the European Civic Forum

11.15 a.m. - 11.45 a.m. | Break

11.45 a.m. - 12.45 p.m. | Panel II – What should a potential statute look like and when do you qualify to be a European Association?

Moderator: Petru Dandea, EESC member

  • Mary Ann Hennessey, Secretary to the Conference of INGOs, Council of Europe
  • Oonagh Breen, Professor, Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin
  • Victor Messeger, Director Social Economy Europe
  • Anna Biondi, Deputy Director ACTRAV, ILO
  • Marc-Andre Dorel, Acting Chief, NGO Affairs Branch, UN, (DESA)

12.45 p.m. - 01.00 p.m. | Closing remarks

  • Ioannis Vardakastanis, EESC Rapporteur
  • Jean Marc Roirant, Expert for the Rapporteur

Participants can speak and listen to English, French and Spanish.