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24/05/2018 25/05/2018
Citizenship, Democracy & Culture in digitalised Europe

This year's Civil Society Days will take place right after the plenary session at which the European Economic and Social Committee celebrates its 60th anniversary.

The focus of this Civil Society Days will be on fostering the current debate about the future of Europe and on highlighting the role across Europe of the civil society organisations which come together in the EESC to represent "Europe at work".
In line with this twofold emphasis, the CivSocDays 2018 will address Europe at work in relation to a dimension which has permeated our everyday working and living environment and will affect and shape our future, as well as the future of Europe: the digital world.

26/11/2013 27/11/2013
Participation of migrants in the democratic process – Towards a more inclusive citizenship

The European Integration Forum – the dialogue platform on integration of immigrants – met for the tenth time on 26 and 27 November 2013 in the EESC premises. The main theme of this meeting was: 'Participation of migrants in the democratic process – Towards a more inclusive citizenship'.

Civil dialogue: a tool for better legislation in the general interest

The 2015 edition of the Civil Society Day, entitled "Civil dialogue: a tool for better legislation in the general interest" will try to set up principles and guidelines for a permanent and structured civil dialogue at European level. The works of the conference will be based on the Road Map that was adopted at the NGO Forum in Riga in March 2015 and will focus on how to implement it through specific actions.

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The European Year of Citizens in 2013 is an unparalleled opportunity for the European
Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to underline the direct role of Europe’s 500 million citizens in building unity and prosperity, fostering integration and nurturing social solidarity.

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This publication is a summary of the preliminary findings of the study commissioned by the Diversity Europe Group and conducted by the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), entitled Societies outside Metropolises – The role of civil society organisations in facing populism. It aims at identifying the factors influencing citizens’ choices in favor of populism in societies in non-metropolitan areas. It also highlights the role played by CSOs in preventing and opposing populism.

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The European Economic and Social Committee is pleased to invite you to a comprehensive exhibition designed by Deyrolle pour l'Avenir,celebrating the European Year of Citizens and exploring the meaning and implications of citizenship.

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The European Union is at its core a model of transnational governance based, inter alia, on democracy and the rule of law. There are two key findings from our survey: On the one hand, that civil dialogue is based on the primary or constitutional law of this Union and addresses the specific challenges of transnational democracy. On the other, that implementation remains a challenge.


Staffan Nilsson

The Commission has proposed to designate 2013 as the European Year of Citizens. The year will mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Union citizenship under the Maastricht Treaty and will precede and prepare the European Parliament's elections in 2014.

The main objective of the Commission's proposal is to inform Union citizens about their rights as such. Particular importance is given to the right to move and reside freely, which is essential to enable individuals, businesses and society to benefit from the opportunities of the single market.


Staffan Nilsson speech in hearing of the EYC_ 26.01.2012_en