Reshaping Europe: Civil Society's Perspective of the Europe of tomorrow

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The aim of this study by the Bertelsmann Stiftung is to review and examine the work of the Various Interests Group during the period of its current mandate (2010-2015) in the light of current challenges and the political agenda in the EU.

To this end, the study examines some specific examples of the work of the Various Interests Group in three key policy areas: sustainable growth and investment in Europe, promoting a social, inclusive Europe and participatory democracy and active citizenship in Europe. Each area is analysed by an expert who explains the initial situation and gives three examples for each topic, followed by recommendations.

Finally, general recommendations are made as to how the Various Interests Group and the EESC can bring structure to their work, and thereby improve their work process and enhance their contribution to European policy-making, particularly with regard to a more participatory and consultative process in which the views of civil society have a greater impact.

 

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