Részvételi demokrácia

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  • 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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    Március 23-án és 24-én az Európai Gazdasági és Szociális Bizottság (EGSZB) immár 14. alkalommal adott otthont a „Your Europe, Your Say!” (A Te Európád, a Te szavad! – YEYS!) című rendezvénynek. Erre az alkalomra az EU mind a 27 tagállamát és a hét tagjelölt országot képviselő 35 iskolából 105 diák érkezett Brüsszelbe. A számos társadalmi és gazdasági kihívásra, a civil társadalom mozgásterének szűkülésére, valamint a békét és az alapvető jogokat fenyegető veszélyekre tekintettel az idei konferencia középpontjában a fiatalok demokráciáról folytatott párbeszédei álltak, a cél pedig annak biztosítása volt, hogy Európa jövőjének alakítása során meghallgassák a fiatalok véleményét. A diákok ajánlásait 2023 júniusában terjesztik az európai intézmények és magas szintű uniós politikai döntéshozók elé.

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    On 23 March, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a plenary debate and adopted a resolution entitled "United for Democracy" with concrete proposals to strengthen democracies and democratic values across the European Union. Policymakers, experts, and organised civil society representatives agreed that civic education, better funding to social partners and a focus on the local dimension, are key to democracy in Europe.

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    The EESC held a debate in plenary on the growing importance of organised civil society and cities in Europe's ability to face asymmetric shocks and unforeseen crises. This was linked to the adoption of two opinions, on Flexible Assistance to Territories (FAST-CARE) and on the Ljubljana Agreement on the Urban Agenda of the EU. The Committee welcomes both initiatives, but finds they miss the bar in terms of properly empowering and involving organised civil society. A key measure proposed by the EESC is to create a separate EU fund for the reconstruction and development of Ukraine to complement the efforts made by the Member States.

  • In its resolution on the involvement of organised civil society in the implementation and monitoring of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs) the European Economic and Social Committee calls for clear rules to effectively involve social partners and civil society organisations in the Member states' strategies to bring the economy back on track.