The European Economic and Social Committee's 12th Civil Society Media Seminar looked at European values as part of Europe's heritage. In the run-up to European elections, panellists discussed the challenges and burning issues which are stirring contemporary Europe, such as multiculturalism, declining solidarity, growing nationalism and illiberalism. Together with communication professionals, they explored what civil society can do to foster a Europe which upholds its heritage of values - respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law.
Debates took the shape of three thematic panels:
- European values vs extreme ideologies
- Is liberal democracy in danger and what does this mean for Europe?
- The future role of organised civil society in defending a democratic, value-based, united Europe.
The seminar was principally directed to journalists, communications and media experts and press officers from civil society organisations representing employers, workers and other social, occupational, economic and cultural organisations across Europe.